Monthly Archives: February 2011

Analysis of how religion suppresses the development of identity in “Fra Lippo Lippi”

            What I found interesting in “Fra Lippo Lippi” is the poem’s connection to “Andrea Del Sarto”: specifically, Browning’s discussion of the soul in art.  He presents two similar ideas in both poems which, reveals Browning’s condescension towards the Church … Continue reading

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“My Art Is Who I Am”: Artistic Identity in Andrea Del Sarto

In Andrea Del Sarto, Browning presents a portrayal of the artist as one who is born an artist, one who is created in order to create, you might say. He presents the ideal of an artist as being more than … Continue reading

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Zooks!

Actual Title: The Flesh is the Soul In Fra Lippo Lippi Robert Browning explores a number of elements of art, but in particular he explores the way the church expected art to be both aesthetically and  conceptually. The artist in … Continue reading

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Browning’s focus on the culture of Defeatism

In his two poems “Fra Lippo Lippi” and “Andrea Del Sarto,” Browning meditates on the nature of defeat. Each poem contains an intelligent and talented speaker, who finds himself oppressed by either his external circumstances or his intrinsic shortcomings. The … Continue reading

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All the Wrong Questions – Robert Browning’s Poetry

As noted in the reading guide, Robert Browning’s “Andrea del Sarto” and “Fra Lippo Lippi” were published together an 1855 collection entitled Men and Women, and the two are often also read together. The speaker in each poem is a … Continue reading

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The Significance of the Hand

The narrator in Robert Browning’s poem “Andrea Del Sarto” repeatedly references the hand, and his various references display the narrator’s layers of identity. The first few instances in the poem where the narrator mentions the hand is in reference to his lover, … Continue reading

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Browning’s Double Dose of Realism

A major subject of Robert Browning’s poetry is art. In the poem, “Fra Lippo Lippi”, Browning presents a criticism of the church in general as well as the limitations the institution places on artistic expression. Lippi, a friar tells the … Continue reading

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