Elizabeth Barrett Browning Information

Style and Topics
-Emotional writer; wrote out her feelings to her reader(s) [Lady Geraldine]
-“A soul of fire encased in a shell of pearl” [L. G.]
-More advanced language usage
-Stressed vowel sounds over consonant sounds [L. G.]
-Used poetic meter (the basic rhythmic structure of a verse or lines in it) from the easiest to most complicated forms [L. G.]
-Criticized for experimenting with a new style that wasn’t known in her time [L. G.]

Influences
-Changed constantly [Write Work]
-spirituality was main topic (later years of her life)[^]
-Became depressed and isolated and wrote poems according to her state [W. W.]
-turned to spirituality [^]
-Greatly influenced by chaotic life [W.W.]
-spinal injury [^]
-mother and two brothers died around same time [Yahoo]
-Last poems said to “contain some of her most forceful and beautiful lyrics” (Passions) [P. P]
-Poems were focused around love when she found Robert Browning [Yahoo]
-Inspired to write then isolated [W. W]
-Also wrote about polital and social predicaments [eNotes and Yahoo]

Critiques
-intricate writing and topics the reader can relate to [my opinion]
-called “England’s greatest woman poet” (eNotes) [eNotes]
-sonneteer and literary heroine [eNotes]
-work was almost looked down upon during her time as she used different styles [L. G.]
-has creative “poetic imagination” (eNotes) [eNotes]
-offensive because “this is a woman who was much more than a wife and lover to her poet-husband” (Elizabeth) [goodreads]
-many today have high esteem for her [common knowledge]
-“… use of language is beautiful.” (Jen) [goodreads]
-“…a wonderful example of perseverance in the face of many obstacles…” (Sharon Gaines) [goodreads]
-averaging about three to five stars

Interesting Facts?
-Knew numerous languages [Lady Geraldine]
-English, Latin, Italian, Greek, and Hebrew [L. G.]
-Unknown illness left her very pale (now known as HKPP) [Penn]
-Oldest of eleven children [Passions in Poetry]
-Husband was also a poet [Yahoo or common knowledge]

SOURCE: Lady Geraldine’s Courtship

“Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Style and Body of Work.” Lady Geraldine’s Courtship. 2009 Lady Geraldine’s Courtship, 19 Apr 2002. Web. 3 Mar 2013.

SOURCE: The Literature Network

Merriman, C. D.. “Elizabeth Barrett Browning.” The Literature Network. Jalic Inc. 2006. Web. 29 Feb 2013. .

SOURCE: Penn State

Messer, Andrea. “Penn State|NEWS: Mystery of Victorian-era poet’s illness deciphered after 150 years.” Penn State 1855. The Pennsylvania State University © 2013, 22 May 2012. Web. 29 Feb 2013. .

SOURCE: Write Work

“‘How events in the life of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning influenced her changing literary style’-.” Write Work. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar 2013. .

SOURCE: Passions in Poetry

“Elizabeth Barrett Browning.” Passions in Poetry. Copyright © 1998 by Ron Carnell and Passions in Poetry. Web. 3 Mar 2013. .

SOURCE: Yahoo! voices

“Entertainment> The Influence of Love Within Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “A Man’s Requirements”.” Yahoo! voices. Copyright © 2013 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved., 18 May 2007. Web. 3 Mar 2013. .

SOURCE: eNotes

“Topics> Literature> Study Guide> Criticism> Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861.” eNotes. © 2013 eNotes.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved.. Web. 3 Mar 2013. .

SOURCE: goodreads

“Selected Poems.” goodreads. N.p.. Web. 3 Mar 2013.
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