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Browning's Hatreds$
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Daniel Karlin

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112297.001.0001

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Being Hated

Being Hated

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(p.94) 5 Being Hated
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Browning's Hatreds
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Daniel Karlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112297.003.0005

This chapter discusses the character of Moses as being a figure of hatred in one of the poems by Browning. The poet previously argued that all artists yearn for a private art in which to express their personal feeling; an art that is not also the instrument of their public mission. His reason is, again, hatred; the hatred with which he is received by his public. Moses serves as a figure for Browning's reason as the embittered prophet who guides the Hebrews, a group of thankless people, through the wilderness.

Keywords:   Moses, figure of hatred, poems, Browning, private art, personal feeling, art, hatred

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