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I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints-I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!-and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Bloomsbury Poetry Classics are selections from the work of some of our greatest poets. The series is aimed at the general reader rather than the specialist and carries no critical or explanatory
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by The Johns Hopkins University Press
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All of the emphasis on her poems of love, such as "how do I love you, let me count the ways" are offensive to me because this is a woman who was much more than a wife and lover to her poet-husband. I think that the emphasis on these writings to her husband, was a mechanism in her time for relegating her to the "proper" role for a woman poet, rather than recognizing that she stands alone at that time period (and I believe even greater than her husband Robert Brownning) as a great poet among both ...more
(This is not exactly my edition - mine is brown but otherwise looks identical.)

While most literary histories exclude Elizabeth Barret Browning while praising her husband, Robert Browning, it was interesting to discover that he only became famous after getting to know and to love her. It is sad that Elizabeth today stands in his shadow - or so it seems to me at least - because there are some fine poems in this collection that showed me that she really was great woman. I especially liked the excer
Just not that good. I was looking forward to reading her stuff, because of the high esteem many have of her, but I found her work stunted and clumsy. Not that there weren't highlights of course, but poetry is supposed to be all highlights right? It's the thing that makes it poetry. Instead I found myself waiting for a "let me count the ways" moment, which I did once or twice a poem, but that's just not enough to make it good, or interesting, or worth reading another compendium of your droll poet ...more
Sharon Gaines
This is not the exact copy I am reading but basically the same. I am not a big poem reader. But I am really enjoying her poems and the short write-up on her life. I knew some of the things but not all. She really is a wonderful example of perseverance in the face of many obstacles and seeing her pour the pain and worry about her future and what "might have been" and then her self-chastisement into her poetry rings a little close to home!
Beautiful. As usual when reading poetry, I didn't understand every poem in this anthology, but Barrett Browning's use of language is beautiful. I especially enjoyed "The Sleep" and "Little Mattie."
Patricia KB
gothic darkness in the vein of Dickinson,sucking you in to a twisted beauty with ease
Bought this for only a few dollars and will treasure it forever. Her language flows like a delicate Victorian fountain and curls you up.
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most respected poets of the Victorian era.

Born in County Durham, the eldest of 12 children, Browning was educated at home. She wrote poetry from around the age of six and this was compiled by her mother, comprising what is now one of the largest collections extant of juvenilia by any English writer. At 15 Browning became ill, suffering from intense head an
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