Elizabeth Barrett Browing
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Elizabeth Barrett Borrowing's personal life in her Poetry
Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a great poet who has had a hard
life. Barrett Browning was born in 1806 and was the oldest of
twelve children. Her mother died, in 1828, when Barrett Browning
was 16 years old, so that left her father to raise the children.
Her father was over protective and did not want any of his
children to marry. At the age of 15, Barrett Browning had a back
injury and became very sick, and this kept her room bound for
During this time Barrett Browning started writing poems, and
became the famous poet that we know today. One day, in 1844, she
received a letter from another poet Robert Browning, about her
poetry. At this time Barrett Browning was in her forty’s, and has
been in her room for years, but she did respond. They continued
writing back and forth, and eventually the letters lead into a
meeting, and the two fell in love. And without Mr. Barrettes
consent the two married.
Sonnets for the Portuguese is a set of 44 famous love poems
written by Barrett Browning about Robert. Many poems in this
collection question the love he has for her, and the love that she
has for him. They answer the questions of why or even how can
one love the other. This love that she is experiencing is one
that she has never felt before. Each poem shows how the
relationship that these two lovers had developed.
Each sonnet is fourteen lines and written in iambic
pentameter. There are eight lines in each sonnet where Barrett
Browning poses a question, and then the next six lines resolve her
question. The rhyme scheme for these lines is abba, for the first
eight, and then cde or cdc, for the next six.
Sonnets XLIII is the first poem where she says I love you,
and we see this in the first line “How do I love thee? Let me
count the way...
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