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Sonnet XXIX Summary
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Everything you need to understand or teach Sonnet XXIX by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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Sonnet XXIX Summary

Introduction

Many poems have been written about love: its nature, its causes, its effects, its beginnings, its endings— but Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese is unique in the history of English literature for the means by which the sonnets were eventually published for all the world to read. According to Margaret Foster's biography Elizabeth Barrett Browning, three years after her 1846 marriage to fellow poet Robert Browning, Barrett Browning was listening to her husband rail against "personal" poetry which, presumably, could not handle the greater and more complex themes that he felt poetry should. She then surprised her husband with the question, "Do you know I once wrote some sonnets about you?" and then showed him the forty-four sonnets she had composed during their courtship. Astounded by their beauty and power, Browning insisted that they be published, and in 1850, Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese was read by countless...

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