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Selected Poems

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Edited by Malcolm Hicks

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Categories: 19th Century, Women
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (119 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2003)
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  • I heard last night a little child go singing
        'Neath Casa Guidi windows, by the church,
    O bella liberti, O bella!
                                     from 'Casa Guidi Windows'

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's reputation has sometimes been overshadowed both by the achievements of her husband, Robert Browning, and by the romantic story of their elopement. This selection recovers the best work of this independent, passionate and intelligent poet, presenting it on its own terms. Browning emerges as an acute observer of the political dramas taking place in Italy and the private dramas of relationships. Brought up to a life of confinement, Browning (1806-1861) matured into a champion of personal and social freedom, a poetic innovator who wrote some of the nineteenth century's most politically engaged and subtly erotic poetry.

    Malcolm Hicks's introduction and notes clarify the contemporary context and contain suggestions for further reading.
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    Suggestions for Further Reading

    A Note on the Text

    From The Battle of Marathon

    From An Essay on Mind

    The Soul's Expression

    Lady Geraldine's Courtship

    The Lost Bower

    To Flush, My Dog

    Catarina to Camoens

    Wine of Cyprus

    The Romance of the Swan's Nest

    Hector in the Garden

    Mountaineer and Poet

    A Woman's Shortcomings

    Change upon Change

    Sonnets from the Portuguese

    From Casa Guidi Windows

    From Aurora Leigh

    An August Voice

    Lord Walter's Wife

    Bianca among the Nightingales

    Amy's Cruelty

    Notes to the Text

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Born in 1906, Elizabeth Barret Browning became one of the 19th century's most prolific poets in spite of chronic ill health from adolescence. In addition to her poetic output, she dedicated herself a great deal to abolitionist and anti-child labour causes. Considered a strong contender for Poet laureate upon the death ... read more
    Malcolm Hicks
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