Robert Browning is a well known English poet. He has written a large number of poems. All of his poems are in the form of drama. They narrate the story. The Pied Piper is a legendary tale of a magical man who rid the town of Hamelin of its rats. Hamelin is on the River Weser in Germany. In 1284, Hamelin was overrun with rats. A man promised the townspeople a solution. He played a musical pipe to draw the rats into the Weser. Browning wrote this poem for small children.