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Elizabeth Barrett Browning biography :


Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born on March 6, 1806 to Edward Barrett and Mary Graham-Clarke, a financially well-to-do couple who owned Jamaican sugar plantations. She was the eldest of twelve children and she, together with her siblings, spent much of their childhood at the family home in Herefordshire, England.

Her father educated her at home, but much of her knowledge can be attributed to her friendship with Hugh Stuart Boyd, a blind scholar who was also their neighbor. Although she was not allowed to go to school, she learned much by attending the tutorial lessons of her brother. At 14, she penned and published her first poem.

Several misfortunes, including the death of her mother, and the abolition of slavery, which was instrumental in reducing the family income significantly prompted the Barretts to sell their estate and move to London. The move to London had an adverse effect on her health and Elizabeth Browning often fell ill. This, however, did not impede on her writing, and her fame as a poet and critic grew.

On 10 January 1845, Elizabeth Barrett received a letter from fellow writer, Robert Browning, whose first line went: "I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett -- I do, as I say, love these verses with all my heart...". This started a remarkable courtship that lasted for over a year. Edward Barrett looked down upon this relationship as he did not want any of his children to marry. The couple opted to elope and got married in secret on 12 September 1846. Edward Barrett never forgave his daughter.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her husband, Robert Barrett, moved to Italy in 1846 and lived in Casa Guidi in Florence. Her health improved vastly in Italy and in 1849, after three miscarriages, Elizabeth gave birth to Robert Wiedemann Browning, whom they fondly called Pen.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning died in the arms of her husband on June 29, 1861. She left behind several exquisite literary pieces including Sonnets From the Portuguese (1850), Casa Guidi Windows (1851), Aurora Leigh (1857), and Poems Before Congress (1960). She is, however, most known for Sonnet 43 (Love Sonnet), a poem she wrote to her husband sometime during their married life in Italy.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning is buried in the English Cemetery in Florence, Italy.

   
   
 

Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning :

A Child Asleep

A Curse For A Nation

A Dead Rose

A Musical Instrument

A Sea-Side Walk

A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed

Adequacy

An Apprehension

Change Upon Change

Comfort

De Profundis Part 1

De Profundis Part 2

De Profundis Part 3

De Profundis Part 4

De Profundis Part 5

De Profundis Part 6

Discontent

Exaggeration

Futurity

Grief

How Do I Love Thee?

Insufficiency

Irreparableness

Minstrelsy

On A Portrait Of Wordsworth

Pain In Pleasure

Past And Future

Patience Taught

Sonnets from the Portuguese I - XXII

Sonnets from the Portuguese XXIII - XLIV Part 1

Sonnets from the Portuguese XXIII - XLIV Part 2

Substitution

Tears

The Autumn

The Cry Of The Children

The Deserted Garden

The House Of Clouds

The Lady's Yes

The Meaning Of The Look

The Poet And The Bird

The Prisoner

The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point

The Seraph and Poet

The Soul's Expression

The Two Sayings

To

To Flush, My Dog

To George Sand: A Desire

To George Sand: A Recognition

Work And Contemplation


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A Child Asleep by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Child Asleep by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Curse For A Nation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Dead Rose by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Man's Requirements by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Sea-Side Walk by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Woman's Shortcomings by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Year's Spinning by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Adequacy by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

An Apprehension by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Aurora Leigh (excerpts) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Bianca Among The Nightingales by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Change Upon Change by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Cheerfulness Taught By Reason by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Chorus of Eden Spirits by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Comfort by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Consolation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

De Profundis by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

De Profundis Part 1 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

De Profundis Part 2 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

De Profundis Part 3 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

De Profundis Part 4 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

De Profundis Part 5 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

De Profundis Part 6 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Discontent by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Exaggeration by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

From ‘The Soul’s Travelling’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Futurity by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Grief by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Human Life’s Mystery by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If Thou Must Love Me by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If Thou Must Love Me, Let it Be for Nought by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

II by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

III by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Insufficiency by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Irreparableness by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

IV by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

IX by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lord Walter's Wife by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Minstrelsy by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Mother and Poet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

My Heart and I by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

On A Portrait Of Wordsworth by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Only a Curl by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Pain In Pleasure by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Past And Future by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Patience Taught by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Patience Taught By Nature by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Perplexed Music by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Rosalind's Scroll by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 01 - I thought once how Theocritus had sung by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 02 - But only three in all God's universe by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 03 - Unlike are we, unlike, O princely Heart! by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 04 - Thou hast thy calling to some palace-floor by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 05 - I lift my heavy heart up solemnly by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 06 - Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 07 - The face of all the world is changed, I think by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 08 - What can I give thee back, O liberal by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 09 - Can it be right to give what I can give? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 10 - Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 11 - And therefore if to love can be desert by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 12 - Indeed this very love which is my boast by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 13 - And wilt thou have me fashion into speech by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 14 - If thou must love me, let it be for nought by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 15 - Accuse me not, beseech thee, that I wear by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 16 - And yet, because thou overcomest so by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 17 - My poet, thou canst touch on all the notes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 18 - I never gave a lock of hair away by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 19 - The soul's Rialto hath its merchandise by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 20 - Beloved, my Beloved, when I think by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 21 - Say over again, and yet once over again by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 22 - When our two souls stand up erect and strong by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 23 - Is it indeed so? If I lay here dead by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 24 - Let the world's sharpness, like a clasping knife by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 25 - A heavy heart, Beloved, have I borne by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 26 - I lived with visions for my company by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 27 - My own Beloved, who hast lifted me by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 28 - My letters! all dead paper, mute and white! by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 29 - I think of thee!—my thoughts do twine and bud by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 30 - I see thine image through my tears to-night by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 31 - Thou comest! all is said without a word by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 32 - The first time that the sun rose on thine oath by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 33 - Yes, call me by my pet-name! let me hear by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 34 - With the same heart, I said, I'll answer thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 35 - If I leave all for thee, wilt thou exchange by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 36 - When we met first and loved, I did not build by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 37 - Pardon, oh, pardon, that my soul should make by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 38 - First time he kissed me, he but only kissed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 39 - Because thou hast the power and own'st the grace by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 40 - Oh, yes! they love through all this world of ours! by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 41 - I thank all who have loved me in their hearts by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 42 - 'My future will not copy fair my past' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 43 - How do I love thee? Let me count the ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 44 - Beloved, thou hast brought me many flowers by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet From the Portuguese V by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet from the Portuguese VI by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet from the Portuguese XXXVIII by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet VII by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets From The Portuguese 43 How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese I - XXII by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese XXIII - XLIV Part 1 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese XXIII - XLIV Part 2 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese XXV by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Substitution by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Tears by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Autumn by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Best Thing In The World by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Cry Of The Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Deserted Garden by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The House Of Clouds by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Lady's Yes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Ladys Yes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Look by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Meaning Of The Look by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Poet And The Bird by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Prisoner by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Runaway Slave at Pilgrims Point by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Seraph and Poet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Soul's Expression by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Two Sayings by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Weakest Thing by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To Flush, My Dog by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To George Sand: A Desire by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To George Sand: A Recognition by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

When Our Two Souls Stand Up Erect and Strong by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Work And Contemplation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

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