Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are without parallel in the nineteenth century: celebrated poets, they became equally famous for their marriage. Still popular more than a century after their deaths, their poetry vividly reflects the unique nature of their relationship.This collection presents the Brownings’ work in the context of their lives: the early yearsRobert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are without parallel in the nineteenth century: celebrated poets, they became equally famous for their marriage. Still popular more than a century after their deaths, their poetry vividly reflects the unique nature of their relationship.This collection presents the Brownings’ work in the context of their lives: the early years and their initial friendship, their courtship and marriage, the fifteen happy years they spent living in Italy until Elizabeth’s death. Whether in short poems such as Elizabeth’s “Hector in the Garden” and Robert’s “Natural Magic,” or in extracts from longer works such as Aurora Leigh and Pauline, the great themes they shared are all represented: love, marriage, illicit passion, England and Italy, childhood, religion, poetry, and nature. Elizabeth’s famous Sonnets from the Portuguese, based on their love affair, is included in its entirety. The poems are augmented with a generous selection of the marvelous letters the Brownings wrote to each other....
|Title||:||Browning: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||258 Pages|
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Browning: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) Reviews
About:Poems by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a collection of poetry by the Brownings who were famous for their marriage as well as their poetry in the 19th century. There are three sections in this book: the first is some of Robert’s poetry, the second some of Elizabeth’s poetry, and the third some of the letters they wrote to each other during their courtship. Did I Like It?:Yes I did like this collection. I didn’t love this collection though and it took me awhile to get through it. There were poems I liked though, and poems that didn’t resonate. It was just a mix of both for me. For the most part I liked both Robert’s and Elizabeth’s poetry equally. It would be hard to pick a favorite. I also enjoyed their letters and thought it was a nice little addition to the collection at the end. Favorite Poems:My favorite poems by Robert Browning were Inapprehensiveness, Summum Bonum, Meeting at Night/Parting at Morning, Now and Evelyn Hope. I also thought Porphyria’s Lover was good and creepy and Love in a Life and the excerpt from Pauline were relatively good too. My favorite poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning were A Sea-Side Walk and the first book of Aurora Leigh ( I liked it so much I want to read the whole thing!). I also kind of liked The North and the South, The Best Thing in the World, Sonnets From the Portuguese, From Heine, Amy’s Cruelty, and A Man’s Requirements. Do I Recommend It?:If you are interested in this collection then I think it’s worth picking up. If you have an interest in 19th century poetry in particular then this might resonate with you more.
Very enjoyable to read cover-to-cover. A few gems to return to.
But should you read it? If poetry is not your thing, but you feel you should at least be trying to access your civilization's heritage, than Browing is a fairly easy, accessible entry point for you. If you've acknowledged that not reading poetry marks you as a philistine and have taken up the hobby, Browning's works should definitely be on your list.Omnibrowbooks
This is an engaging collection of love letters and poems between Robert and Elizabeth Browning. One thing that the collection demonstrates was what a command Elizabeth had of the sonnet. Critics love to focus on Shakespeare and Spencer (and Seamus Heaney among the modern practitioners) but Elizabeth was an excellent writer of sonnets. The "Sonnets from the Portuguese" are incredible.
A nice little collection, and quite a lot of content for such a small book. I especially enjoyed the letters section at the end.
I got this book from the library, but I am buying a copy for myself. The letters are unbelievably romantic and beautiful. It draws you into the poetry.
Poetry is purely subjective. It either hits you or it misses. I didn't care for either Robert or Elizabeth Barrett.