Poem introduction

The Laboratory is set in pre-Revolutionary France. Browning put the words ‘Ancien Regime’ under the title and it’s thought the poem’s situation may be based on a famous 17th-century woman poisoner. It’s a strange exercise in the grotesque.

Take a tour

Jean Sprackland's tour

There are so many good poems in the Children's Archive, it's hard to know where to start! I'd like to share with you...

Take Jean Sprackland's tour >