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(d) Men and Women and Dramatis Personae

This is a poetry of direct statement, breaking out (like ‘Count Gismond’) from the involved ironic structures we analysed earlier, and for a moment (as it were) giving us a glimpse of a Browning whose politics might be a little more committed or overt. It is a hint of an intensity of political feeling that is usually smothered in the involved ironies that make up so much of his art.