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Robert Browning’s Poetry of Loss: 'Prospice' and 'To Edward FitzGerald'
Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities (2006)
  • Philip Edward Phillips, Middle Tennessee State University
Abstract

This paper focuses upon two poems by Robert Browning, “Prospice” and “To Edward FitzGerald,” in which the poet attempts to come to terms with the death of his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Elegiac in form, the poems uniquely contribute to and diverge from the classical tradition in their respective appeals to Victorian masculine fortitude to assuage grief in “Prospice” and to the harsh language of diatribe to right a wrong perpetrated against the memory of the beloved in “To Edward Fitzgerald.” The analysis of these two poems provides a fresh glimpse into Robert Browning’s uncharacteristically subjective poetic voice and examines their unique place within the elegiac tradition.

Keywords
  • Prospice,
  • To Edward FitzGerald,
  • Robert Browning,
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
  • Edward FitzGerald,
  • Victorian poetry,
  • elegy
Publication Date
Summer 2006
Citation Information
Philip Edward Phillips. "Robert Browning’s Poetry of Loss: 'Prospice' and 'To Edward FitzGerald'" Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities Vol. 22 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/philip_phillips/21/