The Sonnets from the Portuguese appear to be the first English sonnet series since Edmund Spenser's Amoretti (1595), whose romance ended in a marriage. Barrett Browning, according to researcher Natasha Distiller, portrays herself as "coming to grips with having love, not... seeking love." Her speaker is aware that he is young and will grow old while she remains forever young at heart.
Barrett Browning was born on February 21st, 1806, in London. Her father was a wealthy stockbroker who had connections with the Royal Court, and her mother was from a family of French Huguenots who had migrated to England. She had two younger brothers who also became writers: Robert, who died when he was only thirty, and Francis, who became a priest. She received some education from private tutors before being sent to live with an aunt and uncle in Germany when she was eleven years old. There she met Goethe and Schiller, who both influenced her greatly.
When she returned to London eight years later, she found her father dead and her brother Robert already established as a writer. She decided to follow in their footsteps by becoming a poet too. She published her first collection of poems, Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in 1831. The next year, she married Robert Browning, a poet and professor ten years her senior.
"How Do I Feel About Thee?" Barrett Browning's most renowned poem today is possibly (Sonnet 43). It is part of her Sonnets from the Portuguese cycle and was composed during her relationship with Robert Browning. It has been the subject of a thousand wedding readings.
Barrett Browning wrote many poems during her lifetime, but "How Do I Feel About Thee?" is by far her best-known work. It has appeared in many editions of the poetry collection called Sonnets from the Portuguese. The poem is also often included in lists of favorites.
Barrett Browning wrote the poem as she felt about her lover. They had met when he came to London for an appointment with his doctor after being injured in a railway accident. Although they were not married, they fell in love and decided to live together. However, after a few months, he went back home to Italy because of his job. Even though they would never be able to marry, she wanted to have some kind of contract with him. So, she wrote the sonnet sequence and sent it to him via their mutual friend. He returned the letter with comments that led her to believe that they could get married after all. Thus, they formed a pair of words that inspired these poems.
Barrett Browning died at the age of 36 in 1855. But even after her death, his feelings remained the same.
How Do I Feel About You? This is sonnet 43 from The Sonnets From the Portuguese, which was first published in 1850. Elizabeth Barrett Browning adopted this title in order to create the idea that she had translated the work from Portuguese, avoiding any debate. She went on to say that "Portuguese" is a euphemism for her feelings about her lover.
Sonnet 43 is one of three poems called "Portugal" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, all written between 1845 and 1847. They are numbered sequentially throughout their publication as part of The Sonnets From the Portuguese. Sonnet 43 is composed in iambic pentameter, a type of poetic metre that has five pairs of metered lines containing five feet each (iamb, spondee, iamb, spondee, iamb).
The poem begins with the poet asking someone to tell her how she feels about her beloved. She then goes on to describe his personality and behavior, before ending with the phrase "but what of that?". This indicates that there must be another person or thing that comes first in her mind when thinking about her love life.
Barrett Browning wrote several other poems about her love life, some of which were also written for men who had left her heart broken.
Barrett Browning's sonnet goes to great lengths to distance itself, and love poetry in general, from love letters, the specific letters mentioned and reread by the individual in the poem. We don't read in Elizabeth's sonnet the words that came to her in Robert's letters. It was enough for her to know he thought of her sometimes when he wrote about his own feelings.
Love poems are different because they aren't meant to be read by others. Love letters, however, are usually written to someone who the poet knows will see them. This could be their lover or wife, but it could also be a friend or member of the family. Letters often contain details about the writer's personal life which would be better kept private.
Love poems usually have a strong emotional connection with the reader, while love letters aim to persuade or inform the addressee about some aspect of life or love. The only real common link between both types of writing is that they are letters. Written communications that use language specifically designed to make the recipient think or feel something particular about the sender.
Sonnets are relatively short poems (usually 14 lines) that deal mainly with one subject, commonly love. They were popular among 16th-century English poets because they could be written as replies to challenges set by other poets - like Romeo vs. Juliet. Modern scholars believe that Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote this sonnet in response to another poet's challenge.