There Is No Truer Truth: The Musical Aspect of Browning's Poetry

There Is No Truer Truth: The Musical Aspect of Browning's Poetry

There Is No Truer Truth: The Musical Aspect of Browning's Poetry

There Is No Truer Truth: The Musical Aspect of Browning's Poetry

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Robert Browning interests musicians because he was a major poet as well as a competent musician. Music was a central theme in his poetry and formed the basis for many of his images and ideas. This unusual element compels musicological criticism as well as literary. The subject of Schoffman's book is the nature of Browning's musicality and the role and influence of music in his poetry. Schoffman carries the musicological analysis of Browning's poetry to its logical conclusions, revealing more than other literary critics have of the poet's musicality.

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Robert Browning is of interest to musicians because he was a major poet who was also a competent musician. Music was a central theme in his poetry and formed the basis for many of his images and ideas. This unusual element compels musicological criticism no less than literary. This book constitutes a musicologist's view of the musical aspect of Browning's poetry.

I have, of course, based my exposition on the work of others. the subject has been explored fully and discussed by many authorities. the prospective reader of this book might therefore be justified in wondering whether anything new can be said on the subject. Obviously, my answer is in the affirmative. in spite of the fact that the ground has been gone over so thoroughly, there are still a few surprises.

If I had confined myself to those specific points where I felt I could make a new contribution, the book would have been so fragmentary as to be almost incomprehensible. Therefore, in order to provide a connected line of argument, it was necessary to recapitulate informa-

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