Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Literatures, Languages, and Cultures

First Advisor

James Purcell


In this treatise I have attempted careful study of Browning's poem Paracelsus. The primary object was to relate the historical life of Paracelsus and to show how correctly it correlated with Browning's poem. Secondly, I sought to analyze the character of Paracelsus as he appeared in his own background and environment, and to state the reasons wherefore Browning used him as the hero of his poem. Lastly, I have tried to outline the various points of philosophy found in the poet's spiritual inter­pretation of the man, which are universal because they are the eternal questions of mankind today, re-echoing to their fullest extent in our own era.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts of Marquette University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts