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Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1850)


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Classic, romantic poetry from 1850 Britain. ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Sep 24, 2016 |
I must say that I was slow to warm up to the poems and don't think I would have liked them as well without having read the Introduction first. Lovely, very personal. You can really see the path of the love affair between EBB and Robert Browning. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
Yes, this poor book is covered in suede. I overlooked that, since it is one of the better versions of Sonnets from the Portuguese, which I love. There's no acknowledgement of the original author of either the introduction (entitled "A Note") nor of the brief commentary at the end. Avenel seemed to have specialized in out of copyright works; they were most active in the eighties.

This is the most complete set of sonnets, including the elusive 44, often titled "Future and Past" (not to be confused with "Past and Future" which is sadly NOT included).

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets are a joy to the heart, and a tribute to Robert Browning's persistence, love, and generous support. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Aug 20, 2014 |
I think that I might have liked these more when I was younger... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 11, 2014 |
I had not expected this collection of love poems to be so melancholic. Although a degree of self-doubt and uncertainty goes along with any lover's thoughts, the tone here is of such low self-esteem, such self-recrimination that it strikes me that the poet was suffering from depression. But through the darkness, there are sparks of hope, that maybe love will come, will be true and will rescue.

In the end, the poet is redeemed and transformed by love, but it seems to have been a close-run thing.

There's such beautiful imagery in every poem that it's almost impossible to select one out above the others, but I particularly like Sonnet V:

I lift my heavy heart up solemnly,
As one Electra her sepulchral urn,
And, looking in thine eyes, I overturn
The ashes at thy feet. Behold and see
What a great heap of grief lay hid in me,
And how the red wild sparkles dimly burn
Through the ashen greyness. If thy foot in scorn
Could tread them out to darkness utterly,
It might be well perhaps. But if instead
Thou wait beside me for the wind to blow
The grey dust up,...those laurels on thine head,
O my Belovëd, will not shield thee so,
That none of all the fires shall scorch and shred
The hair beneath. Stand further off then! go! ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Mar 31, 2014 |
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Dean, ChristopherCalligraphersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a prolific writer and reviewer in the Victorian period, and in her lifetime, her reputation as a poet was at least as great as that of her husband, poet Robert Browning. Some of her poetry has been noted in recent years for strong feminist themes, but the poems for which Elizabeth Barrett Browning is undoubtedly best know are Sonnets from the Portuguese.

Written for Robert Browning, who had affectionately nicknamed her his "little Portuguese," the sequence is a celebration of marriage, and of one of the most famous romances of the nineteenth century. Recognized for their Victorian tradition and discipline, these are some of the most passionate and memorable love poems in the English language. There are forty-four poems in the collection, including the very beautiful sonnet, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."

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Forty-four poems examine the depth and complexities of married love and shares a wife's feelings for her husband.

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