Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Literatures, Languages, and Cultures

First Advisor

William H. Bucknell


It shall be the purpose of this work so to study the Dramatic Monologues of Robert Browning that a true understanding and a sound evaluation of their significance may be obtained. To this end there are treated hereinafter such groups of monologues, and such individual poems in each group, as are sufficient to suggest Browning's range of subject matter, to hint at his high ideals, to show his unusual knowledge of and interest in mu.sic, art, and obscure history, and finally,to demonstrate thereby the worth of the Dramatic Monologue. Because of obvious impossibility, and for the sake of avoiding repetition, the classification of the poetry is by no means disjunctive or exclusive; again, only a few characteristic poems of each group are treated.. The reason for this lies in a quite understandable over-lapping of subject matter in the monologues; thus there might be included herein a chapter on "Monologues of Fierce Emotion", but nothing would be thereby introduced which is not already discussed in "Monologues of Hypocrisy". In the same manner also, "Criticism", "Argument", "History", "Romance", "Matrimony", and all the others are handled in one or several of the divisions employed.


A Thesis submitted to the College of Liberal Arts, Marquette University, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy.