The story "Aurora Leigh" is the story of a fictional woman poet. This story was Elizabeth Barret Browning's greatest achievement. This was the first major poem in English Literature in which the heroine, just like the author was a woman writer. This story had a lot to do with Aurora as a rising poet in a society that did not except woman as artists. Society set a restriction on women because of the role that was put upon them. Society basically sets the women into an imprisonment.
Aurora Leigh" tells the story of the development of a woman poet largely as the story of her struggle to understand how her life and art can accommodate love. Aurora Leigh envies male poets because they find it possible to write poetry for their wives and mothers. As a woman to be an artist means to live as a lone woman. To be a poet goes against all of the feminine nature. In a society that molds a woman into a housewife and nurturer, Aurora Leigh feels she cannot become the artist she knows she can become. With the restrictions put upon her she will not live a complete life, and without that complete life she cannot become a complete woman. Aurora feels that by not becoming a complete woman and dealing with all aspects that a woman should deal with, she cannot become a great poet.
One of the biggest portions of this story is the proposal of Romney to Aurora Leigh on her twentieth birthday. He proposes marriage to her and she is confused on what to t...
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- "Aurora Leigh" The story "Aurora Leigh" is the story of a fictional woman poet. This story was Elizabeth Barret Browning's greatest achievement. This was the first major poem in English Literature in which the heroine, just like the author was a woman writer. This story had a lot to do with Aurora as a rising poet in a society that did not except woman as artists. Society set a restriction on women because of the role that was put upon them. Society basically sets the women into an imprisonment.... [tags: Aurora Leigh]
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