A major theme in Victorian poetry is the failure of relationships due to the lack of understanding between the individuals involved. In a series of poems, from The Madhouse Cells (1833) to The Ring and the Book (1968-69), Robert Browning created characters who were frustrated in relationships to illustrate the pain caused by the infinite passion of finite hearts. This study combines a close reading of the texts with aspects of psychoanalysis to show that through these poems Browning was trying to conduct a development of his own soul by imaginatively experiencing the problems lovers face due to their inability to understand each other. For this was an experience that was denied him by his successful rescue of Andromeda from Wimpole Street.
The Author: Pratul Pathak received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is now an assistant professor at California University of Pennsylvania. Born in India, he received his B.A. Hons. and M.A. in English from the University of Delhi. His teaching experience also includes twelve years at HansRaj College, Delhi. During that time he also worked as a photojournalist and published numerous articles and photographs of his wanderings in the Indian Himalayas and Tibet.
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American University Studies Series 4: English Language and Literature