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 verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett . . . I love you too", Robert Browning wrote in January 1845, thus initiating the most celebrated literary correspondence of the 19th century. For the next 12 months, he and Elizabeth Barrett exchanged letters and confidences. In this elegant format, the delicate interplay between the poems and the lovers'

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"I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett . . . I love you too", Robert Browning wrote in January 1845, thus initiating the most celebrated literary correspondence of the 19th century. For the next 12 months, he and Elizabeth Barrett exchanged letters and confidences. In this elegant format, the delicate interplay between the poems and the lovers' letters become vividly apparent. 128 pp. 8,000 print.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780894717185
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1989
Series:
Miniature Editions Ser.
Edition description:
Running Press miniature ed
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
2.78(w) x 3.33(h) x 0.50(d)

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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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