Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Woman Of Her Own

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born on this day and today we shall look at her passionate love story and how she stood her ground.

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The literary world is a world of love. If the emotions of the writers are not being spilled down in form of ink on their papers, then it is being shared with each other. A famous literary couple with some of the most passionate works is the Brownings. Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning had a great love story that ended when Elizabeth died in the arms of Robert. Her last words were beautiful.

Born in 1806, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a writer whose works include “If Thou Must Love Me” and “How Do I Love Thee.” The famous love story between the two writers stemmed from her works. Robert Browning wrote her a letter speaking about how he fell in love with her writing and her. It said-

“I love your verses with all my heart … and I love you, too.”

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The exchange happened in 1845 right after Elizabeth had published her second collection of poems. While their courtship period and their marriage had a lot to do with their poetry, both stood their ground in writing and didn’t let their styles merge and create a similarity. Elizabeth had a period where she wrote and published nothing and while it can be speculated that it might have something to do with her marriage, she soon published her next collection.

After, she gave birth to a boy and described her feelings as delightful and with a more intense need to write. We know that Elizabeth Browning wrote regularly and wrote about a variety of topics including controversial politics. Yet, she remained under the shadows. As a wife, as a woman, and as a public figure, Elizabeth remained a person of her own. She did not mold herself into a person that any of these sectors expected. We might still never know enough about her and that is after her journal was found and studied.

She is a woman that has written some of the most thought-provoking pieces and has shown the power that self-confidence can have.

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