Robert Browning (1812–89)

  • Harold Orel
Part of the Interviews and Recollections book series (IR)


The ironic tone of a comment made in Wordsworth’s letter to Edward Moxon (12 October 1846) guaranteed its rapid circulation in literary circles. Learning of Elizabeth Barrett’s marriage to Robert Browning (12 September), Wordsworth, after expressing a hope that it would be a happy union, added that he did not doubt that ‘they will speak more intelligibly to each other than, not withstanding their abilities, they have yet done to the Public’. (Sordello, notorious for its complex and often obscure language, had been published six years earlier.)


Executive Action Literary Circle Great Poet Rapid Circulation Great Language 
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© Harold Orel 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold Orel
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  1. 1.English DepartmentUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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