In St. In , Browning visited the Savoy alps; and there his companion, Miss Egerton Smith, died suddenly, as she was making ready for a mountain expedition with him.
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In the following year, La Saisiaz was published, a commemorative poem which states and tests the arguments for and against the immortality of the soul, and pronounces judgment. But the pronouncement, though affirmative, is not untinged with doubt, and it has the fatal weakness of being, at best, valid or conclusive only for the poet. In the same volume as La Saisiaz there appeared The Two Poets of Croisic, in which, once more, the poet gambols, mocking, this time, at fame. In the autumn of , for the first time after the death of his wife, Browning went to Italy; and he repeated his visits every year until the close of his life.
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On his first journey, he stayed for some weeks at a hotel near the summit of the Splugen pass. The garb of Ferishtah is eastern: he is a Persian sage; and the allegories and parables have, also, an eastern flavour. The poems are simple, direct and pleasing; they contain a practical faith touched with theoretical doubt.
The conclusions are all tentative and insecure, so long as the heart does not lead to them, and love is silent. The lyrics that intervene between the dialogues are exquisite. The poems are vigorous, the learning displayed in them is immense and they abound in intellectualvitality; but the personages are as shadowy as they are voluble, and the poetic glory has left the grey. In , his son married, and bought the Rezzonico palace, Venice, and thither, for two summers more, the poet returned.
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Oomen and Foster weave their magical tale out of beach grass and ribbon, out of sorrow and joy, out of water, sand, and ice.
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