Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Vienna (Institut für Anglistik & Amerikanistik), course: Literature Course - Blockbuster Poetry, language: English, abstract: 'Home-Thoughts, from Abroad' was written in about 1845 and appeared in Browning's collection Dramatic Romances and Lyrics. In 1844, before its publication, 'Browning felt himself in need of a change, a trip to southern Italy to complement his visit in 1838 to northern Italy, where he had found artistic renewal' (Ryals 201). So Browning had already spent some time in Italy, which later became his second homeland, before writing this poem. Thus, the longing for England expressed in it is very likely to result from a biographical impetus and therefore gains in sincerity. Taking this biographical context into account, one might immediately have the impression that 'Home-Thoughts, from Abroad' represents an expression of patriotic 'loyalty' (Ryals 212). In order to substantiate this claim, it is necessary to take a closer look at it, and examine how Browning turns his feelings of longing, homesickness and nostalgia into a concrete poetic act.