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Excerpt from Browning and the Dramatic Monologue: Nature and Interpretation of an Overlooked Form of LiteratureWhy were the poems of Robert Browning so long unread? Why was his real message or spirit understood by few forty years after he began toMoreExcerpt from Browning and the Dramatic Monologue: Nature and Interpretation of an Overlooked Form of LiteratureWhy were the poems of Robert Browning so long unread? Why was his real message or spirit understood by few forty years after he began to write?The story is told that Douglas Jerrold, when recovering from a serious illness, opened a copy of Sordello, which was among some new books sent to him by a friend. Sentence after sentence brought no consecutive thought, and at last it dawned upon him that perhaps his sickness had wrecked his mental faculties, and he sank back on the sofa, overwhelmed with dismay. Just then his wife and sister entered and, thrusting the book into their hands, he eagerly demanded what they thought of it. He watched them intently, and when at last Mrs. Jerrold exclaimed, I do not understand what this man means, Jerrold uttered a cry of relief, Thank God, I am not an idiot! Browning, while protesting that he was not obscure, used to tell this story with great enjoyment.What was the chief cause of the almost universal failure to understand Browning? Many reasons are assigned. His themes were such as had never before been found in poetry, his allusions and illustrations so unfamiliar as to presuppose wide knowledge on the part of the reader- he had a very concise and abrupt way of stating things.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.