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Sonnets from the Portuguese Paperback – August 27, 2013
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About the Author
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 1861) was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. A collection of her last poems was published by her husband, Robert Browning, shortly after her death. "Portuguese" was a pet name her husband used. Sonnets from the Portuguese also refers to the series of sonnets of the 16th-century Portuguese poet Luís de Camões; in all these poems she used rhyme schemes typical of the Portuguese sonnets. The verse-novel Aurora Leigh, her most ambitious and perhaps the most popular of her longer poems, appeared in 1856. It is the story of a woman writer making her way in life, balancing work and love. The writings depicted in this novel are based on similar, personal experiences that Elizabeth suffered through herself. The North American Review praised Elizabeth s poem in these words: Mrs. Browning s poems are, in all respects, the utterance of a woman of a woman of great learning, rich experience, and powerful genius, uniting to her woman s nature the strength which is sometimes thought peculiar to a man.
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I've re-read these poems after many years and, for the most part, they retain their lyrical beauty. In my most recent blogpost about EBB's life and poetry, I reveal my favorite sonnets of the bunch. EBB was a woman for the ages.
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I also enjoy her Husband Robert Browning writing!