`Setebos and Setebos
.' That was the line."
Beyond "Fra Lippo Lippi" and "Caliban and Setebos
," he found nothing in Browning, while George Meredith was ever his despair.
"You are a sort of monster," I added audaciously, "a Caliban who has pondered Setebos
, and who acts as you act, in idle moments, by whim and fancy."
"Caliban upon Setebos
; or, Natural Theology in the Island" from Browning's 1864 Dramatis Personae features notoriously difficult language, its lines primal, curt, and agrammatical but also linguistically dense, rich, and lush.
(2013) Bathypolypus sponsalis No Barratt and Allcock (2010) Megaleledone setebos
No Barratt and Allcock (2010) Merobenthic Octopus cyanea No Herwig et al.
For example, Caliban twice mentions his mother's god Setebos
(1.2.372, 5.1.261), who according to Charles Frey is a "great devil" of the Patagonian Indians mentioned in the accounts of Magellan's and Elcano's circumnavigation of the globe (29).
(7) Fourth and finally, Caliban's Patagonian god "Setebos
" (1.2.373), Trinculo's reference to a "dead Indian" (2.2.33), Stephano's line about "savages and men of ind" (2.2.58), Prospero's description of a "thing of darkness" (5.1.275) that is "from Argier" (1.2.265), and Miranda's denigration of Caliban's "vile race" (1.2.358) have most recently resulted in a character that is finally human, yes, but still racially other.
(145-50) The idea of a disordered mind capriciously "making and marring" recalls Caliban's vision of Setebos
mutilating crabs on the beach--that is, of divinity run amok.
El blank verse tambien es un verso tipico del monologo dramatico Victoriano (piensese, por ejemplo, en "Andrea del Sano" o "Caliban upon Setebos
" de Browning y en "Ulysses" o "Tithonus" de Tennyson).
Other pronouncements take more effort to evaluate: "Robert Browning quarried from The Tempest his still under-esteemed dramatic monologue 'Caliban upon Setebos
,' a far subtler development of Shakespeare's grotesquely pathetic yet sublime creature than our current bad conscious permits us." Rereading the Browning poem confirms all but the final aspersion.