Poems by Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

Browning was born in Camberwell, London. he attended University College London but left after his first year.In 1846 Browning married the poet Elizabeth Barrett, and settled with her in Florence. Browning was long unsuccesful and financially dependent upon his family until he was well into adulthood.When Elizabeth Browning died in 1861, he said: "I shall live out the remainder in her direct influence, endeavoring to complete mine, miserably imperfect now, but so as to take the good she was meant to me." Browning left their house, Casa Guidi, where he had enjoyed a happy married life, and moved to London with his son Robert Barrett Browning There he wrote his greatest poem, "The Ring and the Book", a hymn to Elizabeth.