Professor Utteridge is awaiting the arrival of a graduate student, Nick Devon. Jill Tanner, a poetry teacher, arrives unexpectedly. Devon makes his entrance performing Robert Browning's monologue, "Fra Lippo Lippi". poem.
Living in the Victorian age, Elizabeth Browning hid her love poems in a book of sonnets. Jill recites Elizabeth's poem, "How Do I Love Thee." Jack and Nick recite Robert's famous romantic lyrics.
Prior to meeting Elizabeth, Robert's poetry was considered difficult to understand. Lines from Robert's poems have become English colloquialisms. The Professor recites Robert's monologue, "My Last Duchess."
Elizabeth wrote of children that worked in factories in "The Cry of the Children." She was a feminist informed about the politics of her time. Married only 15 years, Elizabeth died in 1861.
Robert wrote "Prospice" following Elizabeth's death. After a successful career, Robert died at age 77, and was buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.
Credits: Robert and Elizabeth Browning
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One of the most celebrated of literary romances is explored in the setting of an apartment on Wimpole Street, as distinguished actor Jack Gwillim, Jill Tanner, and Nicholas Woodeson perform poems by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Length: 28 minutes
Copyright date: ©1998
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