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Robert Browning

Robert Browning

 

Poet: Robert Browning

Dates: 7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889

Nationality: English

Title of Poem: A Lover’s Quarrel

I.

June was not over
Though past the fall,
And the best of her roses
Had yet to blow,
When a man I know
(But shall not discover,
Since ears are dull,
And time discloses)
Turned him and said with a man’s true air,
Half sighing a smile in a yawn, as ’twere,—
“If I tire of your June, will she greatly care?”

II.

Well, dear, in-doors with you!
True! serene deadness
Tries a man’s temper.
What’s in the blossom
June wears on her bosom?
Can it clear scores with you?
Sweetness and redness.
_Eadem semper!_
Go, let me care for it greatly or slightly!
If June mend her bower now, your hand left unsightly
By plucking the roses,—my June will do rightly.

III.

And after, for pastime,
If June be refulgent
With flowers in completeness,
All petals, no prickles,
Delicious as trickles
Of wine poured at mass-time,—
And choose One indulgent
To redness and sweetness:
Or if, with experience of man and of spider,
June use my June-lightning, the strong insect-ridder,
And stop the fresh film-work,—why, June will consider.

Brief Biography: Browning was a playwright and poet. He was considered to be an master of dramatic verse and one of the foremost Victorian poets. Browning married Elizabeth Barrett, also a renowned poet, in 1845.

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