Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Poetry
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning - 'Sonnet 43' - Annotation
Annotation prompts for Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Sonnet 43'.
'Sonnet 43' is an expression of love. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (06.03.1806 -- 29.06.1861) was a prominent and popular English poet during the Victorian era (in Britain / United States) during her lifetime. Her work inspired Robert Browning. They met in 1845, courted secretly fearing her father wouldn't approve, then married in 1846. Browning called her "My Little Portuguese". Leading up to their marriage (1854-6), she compiled 44 sonnets, Sonnets From the Portuguese (named after her nickname / admiration for Portuguese poet Luís de Camões).
Are we right to assume that this poem is from the poet's perspective? Could the persona be someone else? Is it significant that there are no gender markers (he or she)? Barrett Browning was reluctant to get her collection of sonnets published - she was encouraged to by her husband. They were published originally as translations of foreign sonnets. Why do you think this decision was made? Was privacy an issue?
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