The Collected Poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Collected Poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning


With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was so acclaimed in her own lifetime that she was suggested as a candidate for the Poet Laureateship after Wordsworth's death in 1850. Yet today we have only a limited knowledge of her considerable body of poetry. The major aspects of that poetry are represented here in an accessible edition which is well-annotated and contextualised. It includes not only her well-known sonnet sequence of love poems, Sonnets From the Portuguese, but also selections of her religious and spiritual poetry, her social and political protest poems, and her experimental ballads which challenged Victorian conventions. In her outstanding 'novel-poem' Aurora Leigh, the woman's voice takes centre stage with a female poet-hero who casts a caustic eye on life and on her fellow men - and women.

We all think we know the story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning - the mysterious illness which enclosed her in her room, her over-loving but imperious father, her romantic secret marriage to the poet Robert Browning, and their life together in Italy. But this comprehensive selection tell the real story of her sustained creative life as a poet, with a wide-ranging introduction which covers Barrett Browning's poetic and intellectual life as well as her personal one.

Format: Paperback

Inscribed: N

Pages: 701

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Publication Date: 2015

ISBN: 978-1-84022-588-4

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