Romanticism and Romantic Poetry
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in1806 to English parents as the eldest child near London. Seemingly, Elizabeth studied alongside his brother foreign languages like Italian and Greek while living in their countryside home at Hope End, near London. While still living at her father’s property at Hope End, she published An Essay on Mind, with Other Poems, which was her first work at the age of fourteen years in 1826. Two years later, she lost her mother Mrs. Barrett. Browning was interested in learning foreign and English works from an early age and as a result, she translated Greek literature to English. For example, in 1832, she translated Eschylus’ tragedy, Prometheus Vinetus and revised it in 1850 to represent the best adaptation (Watson 124). However, she worked on the translation from Sidmouth in Devonshire after her father’s property in Hope End was auctioned following poor financial inflow from the family’s Jamaica-based sugar plantation (Poetryfoundation 1). Browning’s poetry was based on the Romanticism ideology that regarded manifestation of personal feelings as the authentic human voice. The essay analyses Browning’s poem “How Do I Love Thee?” as a Romanticism era poem since it highlights original feelings and expresses individual ideas concerning love. Browning is a Romanticism era poet and her poem Sonnet 43 argues for the subjective ability of a person to understand another human and express authentic love that is beyond the bounds of nature.
Browning published a major work in 1838, The Seraphim and Other Poems, which represented her individual opinions (Watson 125). The main theme in the collection is a dialogue between two seraphim that engage the Old Testament and the Crucifixio...
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...poem since it features a personal imaginative individual consciousness concerning the feeling of love. In fact, Browning uses an emotional language whose ideologies are individualistic and provides an unbound human involvement that emphasizes an ideal love experience that is free of social control. Mysteriously, the persona transcends ordinary earthly limitation in the poem by claiming that she would love her husband much better at death, which is contrary to the general belief that love end with death of a persona. Equally, James, Lawall, and Lee assert that immortality is an element common in romanticism poetry, and Browning used it to idealize her feminine ability to express deep human feeling that go beyond the bounds of nature and overcome any social control. Symbolizing love with nature help the poet to express emotions without any restraint.
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