Sonnets from the Portuguese: Illuminated by the Brownings' Love Letters

Sonnets from the Portuguese: Illuminated by the Brownings' Love Letters

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
     
 

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"I love your verse with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett...and I love you too," Robert Browning wrote in January of 1845, thus initiating the most celebrated literary correspondence of the nineteenth century. For the next twenty months, he and the world-renowned poet Elizabeth Barrett exchanged letters and confidences. During their courtship, Elizabeth privately wrote… See more details below

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"I love your verse with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett...and I love you too," Robert Browning wrote in January of 1845, thus initiating the most celebrated literary correspondence of the nineteenth century. For the next twenty months, he and the world-renowned poet Elizabeth Barrett exchanged letters and confidences. During their courtship, Elizabeth privately wrote a series of forty-four sonnets to Robert. Later, the sonnets were collected and called Sonnets from the Portuguese, after the folktale lovers Caterina and Camoens, who loved from afar. This new edition of Sonnets from the Portuguese presents the poems in an entirely new context. The large page size allows the sonnets the stature they deserve, and each poem is accompanied on the facing page with relevant excerpts from the love letters.

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ISBN-13:
9780385014632
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1954
Pages:
120

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Sonnets from the Portuguese

Illuminated by the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Love Letters
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Ecco Press

Copyright © 1996 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0880014512


Chapter One

Sonnet One

I thought once how Theocritus had sung
Of the sweet years, the dear and wished for years,
Who each one in a gracious hand appears
To bear a gift for mortals, old or young:
And, as I mused it in his antique tongue,
I saw, in gradual vision through my tears,
The sweet, sad years, the melancholy years,
Those of my own life, who by turns had flung
A shadow across me. Straightway I was 'ware,
So weeping, how a mystic Shape did move
Behind me, and drew me backward by the hair;
And a voice said in mastery while I strove,
'Guess now who holds thee?' - 'Death!' I said, But there,
The silver answer rang. . . Not Death, but Love.'



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