He stood and watched the cobbler at his trade, The man who slices lemons into drink, The coffee-roaster's brazierand the boys That volunteer to help him turn its winch.
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Elizabeth Barrett to Miss Mitford: Elizabeth Barrett to Mr. David Ogilvy,edited by Peter N. Sidelights "How do I love thee? These are not from a sonnet by William Shakespearebut rather from one by the Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. As an essayist in the Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography wrote, "among all women poets of the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century, none was held in higher critical esteem or was more admired for the independence and courage of her views than Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Making their home in Florence, Italy, the couple was besieged by visitors from abroad; most of them made the pilgrimage to see Elizabeth. In fact Browning was one of the first poets to gain a simultaneous following both in her native England and in the United States. Revered in her own lifetime as one of the finest poets in England and even touted as a possible poet laureateBrowning spiraled into obscurity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
However, after decades of being out of style and favor, Browning made a resurgence in the late twentieth century.
Her most ambitious work, Aurora Leigh, went through more than twenty editions by but none between and Moulton-Barrett was by this time a country squire, his wealth based on Jamaican sugar plantations. Hope End was an estate of almost acres, with a Georgian house which the father converted into stables.
He built a new mansion, Turkish in design, with all the finest and richest materials, and landscaped the grounds with ponds, grottos, and gardens, turning Hope End into an opulent family setting. Here Elizabeth Barrett grew up pursuing many of the activities of the privileged classes: She also rode her pony along the lanes of the estate.
Unlike her more outdoors-loving siblings, Elizabeth formed an early love of books and began composing poetry at age four. At eleven she began her study of Greek, Latin, and French, reading the great authors of each language. She even learned enough Hebrew to read the Old [Image not available for copyright reasons] Testament in its original language.
From the French she gleaned a sense of liberalism; her readings of Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau stuck with her throughout her life, as did the works of Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecroft. At age eleven Elizabeth wrote her first book, The Battle of Marathon, a 1,line epic in heroic couplets celebrating that famous battle between the Athenians and the Persians.
The poem was privately printed by her father. By age fifteen she had published two poems in the New Monthly magazine. However, that same year she fell ill from an undiagnosed complaint. Two of her sisters also suffered from this illness, but quickly recovered, while Elizabeth lingered in the sick bed long enough for her family to begin treating her as an invalid.
Sent to a spa, she was treated for a year for a supposed spinal injury and returned home weakened, for she had been confined to bed for almost the entire time. A Poet Emerges Elizabeth Barrett ignored such prescriptions, setting to work on an ambitious 1,line poem in couplets that would trace the history of science, philosophy, and poetry from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, and celebrate various liberal political movements as well as the poetry of Lord Byron.
The Jamaican sugar plantations had been badly mismanaged for years, and finally things came to a head; Hope End had to be liquidated. They moved first to the coastal town of Sidmouth, and then in to London, where Barrett would live until her marriage.
Taylor noted that the theme of the poem is "not heroic rebellion but the divine submission of Christ. Barrett had arrived on the London literary scene. However, just as she was earning respect and a degree of renown, illness again intruded in the form of a bronchial infection.
Barrett was sent to a warmer climate on the south coast of Devon to the town of Torquay. For the next three years she was largely bedridden, and the drowning death of her closest and dearest brother, Edward, inexacerbated matters. When she finally returned to London in she believed the rest of her life would be lived as an invalid.English literature, the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including Ireland) from the 7th century to the present day.
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning  Born: March 6, Durham, England Died: June 29, Florence, Italy English poet The works of the English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning  enjoyed great popularity during her lifetime.
Her most enduring poetry has proved to be Sonnets from the Portuguese. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, née Elizabeth Barrett, (born March 6, , near Durham, Durham county, England—died June 29, , Florence, Italy), English poet whose reputation rests chiefly upon her love poems, Sonnets from the Portuguese and Aurora Leigh, the latter now considered an early.
Emily Dickinson, in full Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, (born December 10, , Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.—died May 15, , Amherst), American lyric poet who lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision.
With Walt Whitman, Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the two leading 19th-century American poets.