This collection presents the Brownings’ work in the context of their lives: the early years and their initial friendship, their courtship and marriage, the fifteen happy years they spent living in Italy until Elizabeth’s death. Whether in short poems such as Elizabeth’s “Hector in the Garden” and Robert’s “Natural Magic,” or in extracts from longer works such as Aurora Leigh and Pauline, the great themes they shared are all represented: love, marriage, illicit passion, England and Italy, childhood, religion, poetry, and nature. Elizabeth’s famous Sonnets from the Portuguese, based on their love affair, is included in its entirety.
The poems are augmented with a generous selection of the marvelous letters the Brownings wrote to each other.
This volume contains some of the best of the monologues including “Porphyria's Lover”, “How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix”,”The Bishop orders his Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church”, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came” and“My Last Duchess”, as well as “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” and shorter descriptive lyrical poems.
Public Domain (P)2016 Spiders' House Audio/Roy Macready