(1812-89) an English poet. His early work was written to be performed in the theatre, and most of his poetry is easy to read, but full of meaning. In 1846 he secretly married Elizabeth Barrett and they went to live in Italy. They were friends of many other important British writers, including Carlyle and Tennyson. Browning is probably best remembered for his poems The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842) and Home Thoughts from Abroad (1845).