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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press; Reprint edition (April 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434468046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434468048
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,037,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published in 1850 and considered some of the finest love lyrics in the English language, Sonnets From The Portuguese comprise 44 interlocking poems that Elizabeth Barrett Browning composed for her husband, Robert Browning. This wonderful illustrated edition includes 22 additional works as well.

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First published in 1850 and considered some of the finest love lyrics in the English language, Sonnets from the Portuguese comprise 44 interlocking poems that Elizabeth Barrett Browning composed for her husband, Robert Browning. This wonderful illustrated edition includes 22 additional works as well. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Her words of love capture your heart.
Stars
This magical collection of verse was written by the incomparable Elizabeth Barrett during her courtship with Robert Browning.
Alice in Wonderland
I enjoy poetry, especially good kind. this is it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "wealhtheow" on May 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Barrett Browning's sonnet sequence is far from the sloppy, sentimental doggerel it has been made out to be. Instead, the poems examinge Barrett Browning's guilt over her brother's death, her awakening passion for Robert Browning, and her fear of an inability to love. If one looks very closely at these poems, what appears is not a tribute to Browning, but in fact a brilliant woman's realization that her life has been totally sterile, and that she has now been placed in the precarious position of having to make choices that will alter the course of her life. Tehcnically, the poems are brilliant; written with all of Barrett Browning's characteristic blend of caution and verve.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David on April 29, 2009
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It was free, so I downloaded it. You get what you pay for. The formatting is awful. Whoever formatted this needs to remember that poetry needs to be formatted as poetry, or it is just prose with some capital letters thrown in. This edition reads like a novel, not as a collection of poems. Find another edition and pay the buck or two for it -- it will be worth it. Now I need to figure out how to get this stinker off my Kindle download list... If I could give this no stars, I would, but I have to give it something.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Garman Lord on January 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
You couldn't make this stuff up... well, maybe you could, but strictly for the Harlequin Romance market. Famous poet and man about London Robert Browning reads a poem by Elizabeth Barrett, a girl he never met... mainly because nobody else ever did either, since she lives in her bedroom in Emily Dickinson-style seclusion, in her case as an invalid, lifelong victim of some Victorianly-obscure wasting disease, under the care of a tyrannically possessive, somewhat demented father... and falls in love with her at long distance. Being who he is, Browning manages to wangle an interview, then further meetings, until, inevitably, he and this strange, ethereally beautiful (in Browning's eyes, at least) bedridden woman, six years his senior, fall in love. Browning knows he must spirit this creature away and possess her for his own, a challenge for which he must enlist the assistance of others of her (not entirely unsympathetic) family members, because of the father. Barrett senior, it seems, descended from a family of West Indian plantation owners, is possessed of the notion that none of his offspring should ever marry. The reason: he suspects his bloodline to be tainted by the tarbrush of slave ancestry somewhere along the line, and therefore not fit to be perpetuated.Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kristen A. Criado on January 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book of sonnets and poems is just wonderful. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's writing is able to get to the very heart of the reader with honesty and beauty. This collection really speaks to the romantic soul with passion and truth. I find her writings to be incredibly moving and this volume touched me deeply.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I personally enjoy these poems very much. They are very deep & contain many beautifully worded expressions of the author's deep love & blazing passion. I see these poems as a satisfying dose of romance for a woman, & a window into any woman's heart for a man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Garman Lord on May 14, 2008
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In my own opinion, Elizabeth Barrett Browning at her best and most seductive; lie there reading them in bed and let them ravish you! To read them, so intimately sweet as they seem, is almost to feel EBB herself there, her small form snuggling happily in your arms. Of course nobody would have known better than EBB herself what dulcet love songs these sonnets were, since she had never intended them for publication. They were secret, often quite confessional, love poems she wrote about her Robert while he was courting her, all unawares, and then for awhile after their marriage, in which they continued carrying on as two of recorded history's most passionate lovebirds.

It was only after Robert Browning somehow discovered and read them that he managed to convince EBB that they were really too good not to be published. He was right, of course. Even so, Elizabeth was sensitive enough about the matter to want to screen the work off under a somewhat misdirecting title. SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGESE might hope to create a casual impression that they were foreign translations of some mysterious sort ... which, of course, obviously they aren't, but who's philologically analysing; read and enjoy!

In fact, the name settled on was a mere lover's in-joke. Because of her somewhat exotic looks and olive-colored skin, Browning's pet name for EBB, other than the baby-talk "Ba," was "my Portugese;" hence the title. The collection was tremendously successful and deservedly so, and this edition of it, gorgeously illustrated, is very nice indeed.
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