Elizabeth Barrett Browning (6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. A collection of her last poems was published by her husband, Robert Browning, shortly after her death.
Some of Barrett's family had lived in Jamaica for several centuries. The main wealth of Barrett's household derived from Edward Barrett (1734–1798), landowner of 10,000 acres (40 km2) in Cinnamon Hill, Cornwall, Cambridge, and Oxford estates in northern Jamaica. Barrett Browning's maternal grandfather owned sugar plantations, mills, glassworks and ships that traded between Jamaica... more »
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- A Child Asleep
- A Curse For A Nation
- A Dead Rose
- A Man's Requirements
- A Musical Instrument
- A Sea-Side Walk
- A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed
- A Woman's Shortcomings
- A Year's Spinning
- An Apprehension
- Aurora Leigh (excerpts)
- Change Upon Change
- Cheerfulness Taught By Reason
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What was he doing, the great god Pan,Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), British poet. A Musical Instrument (l. 1-6). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur ...
Down in the reeds by the river?
Spreading ruin and scattering ban,
Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat,
And breaking the golde...
''What monster have we here?Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), British poet. A Tale of Villafrance, st. 4.
A great Deed at this hour of day?
A great just Deedand not for pay?
Nay, if there's room for poets in this worldElizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), British poet. Aurora Leigh, bk. 5 (1857).
A little overgrown (I think there is),
Their sole work is to represent the age,
Their age, not Charlemagne's,this live, throbbin...
''The man, most man,Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), British poet. "Aurora Leigh," bk. 9 (1857).
Works best for men: and, if most man indeed,
He gets his manhood plainest from his soul.''