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    Robert Browning.

    Anyone like him...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colin r.s. View Post
    Anyone like him...?
    I have read a lot of poems of him and his poems are really engaging.

    “Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity and devotion have lost their original nature””

    “If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.

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    I'm a fan of Browning's poetry. Several of my favorites:

    "Love in a Life"

    Room after room,
    I hunt the house through
    We inhabit together.
    Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her,
    Next time, herself! -- not the trouble behind her
    Left in the curtain, the couch's perfume!
    As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew, --
    Yon looking-glass gleamed at the wave of her feather.

    Yet the day wears,
    And door succeeds door;
    I try the fresh fortune --
    Range the wide house from the wing to the centre.
    Still the same chance! she goes out as I enter.
    Spend my whole day in the quest, -- who cares?
    But 'tis twilight, you see, -- with such suites to explore,
    Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!

    And...

    "Life in a Love"

    Escape me?
    Never---
    Beloved!
    While I am I, and you are you,
    So long as the world contains us both,
    Me the loving and you the loth
    While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
    My life is a fault at last, I fear:
    It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
    Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
    But what if I fail of my purpose here?
    It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
    To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
    And, baffled, get up and begin again,---
    So the chace takes up one's life ' that's all.
    While, look but once from your farthest bound
    At me so deep in the dust and dark,
    No sooner the old hope goes to ground
    Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark,
    I shape me---
    Ever
    Removed!

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    His verses:

    Art was given for that;
    God uses us to help each other so,
    Lending our minds out.

    I understand as the art's search for truth. It seems to me that he thought that art is the best way for this intention. As far as I know, he didn't care much about glory, but for revealing the essentials of truth.

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