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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an English poet of the Romantic movement. She wrote her first ‘epic poem’ aged 12. In 1826, she published An essay on mind and other poems anonymously, later translating Aeschylus’s Prometheus unbound in 1833. It was the 1844 collection Poems that brought her to the attention of poet Robert Browning. Over the next 20 months, they exchanged more than 570 letters, many of which are heartbreaking (and one of which features as our top love letter in ‘Letters from the heart…’; see below). Two years they eloped, despite family opposition to their marriage, settling in Italy, where Elizabeth very sadly died in 1861.

BOOKS INCLUDE: Sonnets from the Portuguese

See also: Sonnets from the Portuguese 43, No 8 in “Between the shadow and the soul” – love in all its guises‘; and Letter no 1 from Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett Browning ‘Love letters from the heart – our Top 20 love letters‘; ‘The not-so-invisible woman

Other writers of interest: Robert Browning; John Keats