Analysis Of Elizabeth Barrett Browning 's Sonnets From The Portuguese

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was known as one of the most prominent English poets in the Victorian era (1837-1901) and one of her books was popular in Britain but also in the United States. These book of sonnets that she has created was influenced by her Husband Robert Browning who called her “his Portuguese” which is why she named her book “Sonnets from the Portuguese” which consists of 44 sonnets and 60 other poems of hers. As she grew up in London during a time of slavery and her father’s mismanagement in 1826, I find that these occurrences affected her poetry and how she wrote them. Browning’s poetry just like many other poets’, have a certain common feature among them which can help verify the poet or find other poems in which they have written. Some common features can be known as the techniques they use to create the structure of the poems and their significance, the common image found throughout her poetry, and a certain theme to which they stick with while writing. When studying pieces of Elizabeth’s work, a common technique has been found throughout her poems which makes her poetry popular and well-known. Browning likes to use Italian and also English model rhythm schemes; this gives a beat to the poem which the readers follow and makes it memorable. Using metaphors is a popular thing that Elizabeth uses in her poem, for example from (Sonnets from the Portuguese: Sonnet 22), “The angels would press on us and aspire/ To drop some golden orb of perfect song” (7/8). Using metaphors like these ones are used in Elizabeth’s poem to make the readers think more about the meaning of the poems and to see if they can find a hidden message by thinking deeper then what the words are saying but to what they think Elizabeth is saying in ... ... middle of paper ... ...nt English poets in the Victorian era (1837-1901). One of her books was popular in Britain but also in the United States, which was called “Sonnets from the Portuguese”. Due to her father’s mismanagement in 1826, Elizabeth grew up in hard times in London which could have had effect on her writing and reasoning for publishing her writing. Browning’s poetry has certain feature which can help verify the poet and find other poems written by them. Because of these common techniques, themes and images, in “Sonnets of the Portuguese” which consists of 44 sonnets and 60 other poems of hers all written as love poems to her husband; she became a popular and unique poet in the Victorian era and the present day. The common image found in her poetry, and having a certain theme to which she sticks with while writing gives her well-deserved title as the most prominent English poet.

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