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Browning's Hatreds

Daniel Karlin


‘Gr-r-r--there go, my heart's abhorrence! Water your damned flower-pots, do! If hate killed men, Brother Lawrence, God's blood, would not mine kill you!’ The bitter and twisted monk of ‘Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister’ is Robert Browning's best-known hater, but hatred was a topic to which he returned again and again in both letters and poems. This book is a study of Browning's hatreds, and their influence on his poetry. Browning was himself a ‘good hater’, and the author analyses his hatreds of figures such as Wordsworth (the model for his ‘Lost Leader’), and more generally, tyranny and the ... More

Keywords: Robert Browning, hater, hatred, letters, poems, poetry, love, hate, tyranny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112297
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Karlin, author
University College London