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Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
by Robert Browning

Robert Browning’s Calling Card

What is the poet’s signature style?

Poetry from the Point of View of the Psychologically Disturbed

Calling the speaker of "The Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" psychologically disturbed might even be a little generous. After all, this guy fantasizes about making a deal with the Devil to condemn a fellow monk to eternal damnation! But in the end, the speaker just grits his teeth and goes on with his life. If you want a Browning poem in which the speaker actually goes through with his plans – a speaker who is truly deranged instead of just disturbed – we suggest you try "Porphyria's Lover" or "My Last Duchess."

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