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The Laboratory

The Laboratory


by Robert Browning

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Browning knew Latin, Greek and French by the time he was 14! How's your Spanish homework coming? (Source.)

Browning eloped to Italy with his equally famous wife, the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in 1846. Pretty romantic if you ask us. (Source.)

Madame de Brinvilliers, a famous poisoner who inspired this poem, killed her father, and two of her brothers. Sheesh! She was finally caught and beheaded in 1676. (Source.)

Browning is buried in prime real estate: Westminster Abbey, in the Poet's Corner. That's a great honor for a British poet. (Source.)

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