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Selected Poems: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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This selection covers the best work of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and showcases her poetry on its own terms, revealing her as an acute observer of the political dramas taking place in Italy and the private dramas of personal relationships.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published June 30th 2006 by Carcanet Press Ltd.
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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
Early copy of this. Elizabeth Barrett Browning is probably among my favorite (female) poets, and poets overall. She had both fire and verve in her words; I put her not only above Robert, but find her to be somewhat the anti-thesis to Keats. She both embraced the strength of her femininity, and challenged man's idea thereof (despite health, and various other issues). In the end, she should be labeled as among the premiere poets.
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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