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Robert Browning: “Now”

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English poet and playwright Robert Browning was born on 7 May 1812.
He was one of the foremost Victorian poets, famous for his mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues.

When he married poet Elizabeth Barrett, in 1846 the couple came to Italy first in Pisa and then in Florence, until Elizabeth’s death,
In Italy they had their only child Robert Wiedemann Barrett Browning, who was to become a painter. He was nicknamed “Pen”, because, when he was a little child, he used to mispronounce his name Wiedeman (after his paternal grandmother’s maiden name).

Now

Out of your whole life give but a moment!
All of your life that has gone before,
All to come after it, – so you ignore,

So you make perfect the present, condense,
In a rapture of rage, for perfection’s endowment,
Thought and feeling and soul and sense,

Merged in a moment which gives…

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