Love Poems of Elizabeth and Robert Browning by Elizabeth Barrett BrowningWow, I adored these poems. They were beautiful. Robert and Elizabeth had such a fascinating and beautiful love story and their poetry definitely reflects that.
All that I know
Of a certain star
Is, it can throw
(Like the angled spar)
Now a dart of red,
Now a dart of blue,
Till my friends have said
They would fain see, too,
My star that dartles the red and the blue!
Then it stops like a bird: like a flower, hangs furled;
They must solace themselves with the Saturn above it.
What matter to me if their star is a world?
Mine has opened its soul to me; therefore I love it.
My Star, Robert Browning
Im pretty sure any woman would be stoked to have her husband write her a poem like that.
Mine has opened its soul to me; therefore I love it???
Mr Darcy has nothing on this guy.
Love Poems of Elizabeth and Robert Browning
Among all female poets of the English-speaking world in the 19th century, none was held in higher critical esteem or was more admired for the independence and courage of her views than Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She had a wide following among cultured readers in England and in the United States. An example of the reach of her fame may be seen in the influence she had upon the reclusive poet who lived in the rural college town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Her humane and liberal point of view manifests itself in her poems aimed at redressing many forms of social injustice, such as the slave trade in America, the labor of children in the mines and the mills of England, the oppression of the Italian people by the Austrians, and the restrictions forced upon women in 19th-century society. Elizabeth Barrett was extremely fortunate in the circumstances of her family background and the environment in which she spent her youth.
Celebrated in their time and still popular over a century after their deaths, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett had a unique relationship which is reflected in their work. Both were distinguished as poets before they met, and they learnt from one another without ever sacrificing their individuality. All the great themes they shared are represented in this collection of their shorter poems — love, marriage, poetry, religion, England and Italy, the natural world — and the poems are accompanied by a selection from the marvellous letters they wrote to one another, especially in the years of their courtship. Among the items included are extracts from Aurora Leigh and Pauline , and the whole of Sonnets from the Portuguese , together with many lyrics and narrative poems by both poets. Robert Browning attended the newly founded University of London for a year before travelling widely on the Continent in the s and s. After a clandestine courtship, he married Elizabeth Barrett in and they lived in Italy until her death in He is one of the most significant and inventive of Victorian poets.
She was the oldest of 12 children, and her family made their fortune from Jamaican sugar plantations. Educated at home, Barrett was a precocious reader and writer. Having delved into classics such as the works of John Milton and William Shakespeare before her teen years, she also wrote her first book of poetry by age At age 14, Barrett developed a lung illness that required her to take morphine for the rest of her life, and the following year, she suffered a spinal injury that would serve as another setback. Despite her health issues, Barrett lived the literary life to the fullest, teaching herself Hebrew, studying Greek culture and publishing her first book in , The Battle of Marathon , which her father bound and released privately. Unfortunately, fate would throw more obstacles her way soon after its release.