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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. (first published January 1st 1902)
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Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This right here is my favorite book of poems in my possession. If I'm having a particularly dull day and feel in need of beauty or inspiration, I flip to "The Romaunt of Margret," my favorite of the poems included within. It is a beautifully tragic story of a young girl's despair so deep that she throws herself into the river to drown, for love lost and lack of support. The bard addressing the reader gets involved in the story, helping it feel real, and all the more tragic. I feel like to focus ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Colette Rinker
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book in the library whilst browsing for a quick read, and I am so happy that I did.
Elizabeth B. Browning has always been a favorite poet of mine since I was young, and discovering this book made my passion and love for her work grow all the more stronger, especially through my discovery of my now number one favorite poem of all time by Elizabeth B. Browning, "The Soul's Expression". It might even perhaps be my single most favorite poem ever, regardless of the poet.
Otherwise, I fell
Sharon Gaines
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Victorian poetry on suffering and love. Oddly, the poems that touched me the most were not the ones I was expected to read for my class. Barrett's ability to cloak pain with love is quite amazing and her insight on gender relations is equally awesome. Glad I read this selection!
Patricia KB
gothic darkness in the vein of Dickinson,sucking you in to a twisted beauty with ease
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this for only a few dollars and will treasure it forever. Her language flows like a delicate Victorian fountain and curls you up.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the most popular women poets of the Victorian era.
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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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