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Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Poems . How do I love thee? My letters! All dead paper…. When Elizabeth was born . Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806 at Coxhoe hall,Durham, England. She was the first in her family born in England in over two hundred years. She died on June 29,1861.

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poems
Poems
  • How do I love thee?
  • My letters! All dead paper…
when elizabeth was born
When Elizabeth was born
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806 at Coxhoe hall,Durham, England.
  • She was the first in her family born in England in over two hundred years.
  • She died on June 29,1861.
my letters all dead paper

My Letters! all dead paper. . . (Sonnet XXVIII)Elizabeth Barrett Browning

My letters! all dead paper, mute and white! And yet they seem alive and quivering Against my tremulous hands which loose the string And let them drop down on my knee tonight. This said—he wished to have me in his sight Once, as a friend: this fixed a day in spring To come and touch my hand. . . a simple thing, Yes I wept for it—this . . . the paper's light. . . Said, Dear, I love thee; and I sank and quailed As if God's future thundered on my past. This said, I am thine—and so its ink has paled With lying at my heart that beat too fast. And this . . . 0 Love, thy words have ill availed If, what this said, I dared repeat at last!

My letters! All dead paper…
children
Children
  • Elizabeth was the oldest of twelve children, she was the first in her family born in England.
the barrett family
The Barrett family
  • They were part Creole.
  • They lived in Jamaica and owned sugar plantations.
  • Elizabeth’s father chose to raise his family in England while his fortune grew in Jamaica
education
Education
  • Elizabeth was educated at home.
  • She had read passages from Paradise Lost and a number of Shakespearean plays among.
  • Written her first "epic" poem, which consisted of four books of rhyming couplets.
old testament
Old Testament
  • She taught herself Hebrew so that she could read the Old Testament; her interests later turned to Greek studies.
  • Accompanying her appetite for the classics was a passionate enthusiasm for her Christian faith.
poems con
Poems con.
  • In 1826 Elizabeth anonymously published her collection An Essay on Mind and Other Poems.
  • During this time, she wrote The Seraphim and Other Poems (1838).
obituary
Obituary
  • In 1846, the couple eloped and settled in Florence, Italy.
  • Elizabeth’s father never spoke to her again.
sonnets
Sonnets
  • Elizabeth's Sonnets from the Portuguese, dedicated to her husband and written in secret before her marriage, was published in 1850.