Questions tagged [the-ring-and-the-book]

For questions about ‘The Ring and the Book’ (1868–9), a long narrative poem by Robert Browning, recounting a 1698 murder trial in Rome from multiple viewpoints. Use with the [robert-browning] tag.

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What is a ‘tongue-leaved eye-figured Eden tree’?

In book III of Robert Browning’s The Ring and the Book, Violante adopts an unwanted new-born child and passes her off to her husband Pietro as their daughter Pompilia: Well, having gained Pompilia, ...
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Why does Caponsacchi count his fingers in “The Ring and the Book”?

In book VI of Robert Browning’s The Ring and the Book, Giuseppe Caponsacchi tries seducing two women of Arezzo with love-poetry, but he is disappointed with the results:                             ...
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Why does Browning need to be ‘manned by Manning’?

In Robert Browning’s The Ring and the Book (1868), the narrator buys an ‘old yellow book’ at a street market in Florence, containing documents from a seventeenth-century murder trial at Rome. He ...
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Evidence for the identity of Browning’s “lyric Love”?

Book I of Robert Browning’s The Ring and the Book (1868) ends with an apostrophe of 26 lines, addressed to “lyric Love”. The passage was admired by many, including Arthur Quiller-Couch, who ...