Browning, Book 2
Distinct language changes between the language (perspective) in Books 1 and 2.
Book 2: the importance of fact and fantasy to all speakers.
Factum: a made thing. Making facts out of "fantasy". The poet is a maker. What is truth and what is
l 45, p4: the book is pure crude fact. line 86.
l 117:the truth is something that you can master and be owner of. The truth can be manipulated: related
to Pompilia's trials and tribulations. Fantasies can be squeezed from the truth.
Reading the book as he walks: as a questing hero: wandering among things for sell: trying to continue
reading and delve into the past while amongst the present, bustling world.
Bringing new material to the raw material: work it into some beautiful object.
line 478: free himself from the story: the free act of the poet: he can just step away from it and work the
story into his own story. He has the freedom which Pompilia does not have.
l 501: the imagined world of the past set of facts.
523: seeing things "with his own eyes" which are not possible; he is in a vision of how things were: he
can "see" the town where these events unfolded. The power of imagination and source material for
creating a world for the reader.
569: seeing the victims. 577.
The sense of a departure from the book itself into a new set of fantasies.
• Book 2
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TTalking about honour.
VViolentay: a name that suggest a violent story.
AAlready citing rumour of what happened to the bodies.
WWhere they are? the church where the parent's bodies in the church.
ll. 17: the scene. describing the laying out of the bodies (Pompilia is somewhere else "dying". She
actually lives long enough to give a testimony). The speaker and addressee are together in th