The Romantic Period: The Writings Of The Victorian Period

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The Victorian Period is marked by Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901. The Romantic Period preceded the Victorian Period and served as a transition period between 20th-century literature. The salvaging of themes in classical literature and medieval literature were repurposed into the writings of the English Victorian Period. The Victorian writers displayed well-established styles of writing from previous eras, while at the same time pushing original customs to new and interesting directions. Because of the evolution of technology and industry, society was extremely dynamic and suspect to change. The economy expanded, the Church was being undermined, and factory production increased. Some writers saw the rapid and unpredictable change of …show more content…
Elizabeth Barrett Browning praised his poetry in her work and on January 10th, 1845, Robert Browning wrote a letter to her. As a middle-aged woman, Browning didn’t believe she could be the object of a romantic love. In his book about the works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, H.W. Preston states, “Her sickness caused her to to feel dead to hope of any kind” (18). Robert Browning was six years younger than Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and was filled with energy and good health. In addition to writing letters, he would visit the poet at her father’s home in London. Robert Browning gave Elizabeth Barrett Browning confidence and an emotional attachment, something she had never experienced before. As the couple’s relationship developed, Mr. Barrett opposed their romance. While the couple exchanged love letters, Elizabeth Barrett Browning secretly wrote Sonnets From the Portuguese which is based on the letters Robert and Elizabeth Browning wrote to each other. Robert Browning often called her ‘my little Portuguese’ because of her dark complexion (Forester 3). On September 12, 1846, the couple eloped in Florence, Italy and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s relationship with her father was never the same. Lauren Forester explains in her article that “her father knew nothing of their wedding, and Elizabeth continued to live at home for a week” (2). After Mr. Barrett discovered …show more content…
Browning wanted to write a novel-poem. In her book called Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Spiritual Progress, Linda Lewis states that Mrs. Browning’s poem would fill a volume and it was the romance she had been “hankering after so long, written in blank verse” (20). In 1856, Barrett Browning published Aurora Leigh which is her longest work. In her article Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Expatriate Women Poetry, Allison Chapman states that Aurora Leigh “represents a decisive shift in women 's poetry away from the English poetess and toward a more muscular, political, public, epic poetics” (4). In Victorian England, an educated woman with unusual talents had almost no opportunity to make use of her skills in a world that was dominated by men (Chapman 4). The poem exemplifies that a woman could live and prosper by herself in London. Two years after Aurora Leigh was published, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was writing again about the political turmoil in Italy. In 1860, Browning published Poems Before Congress. This poem was about Italy’s continuous struggle for independence and unity. Included in the Poems Before Congress collection is “A Curse for a Nation,” which criticized slavery in America (Preston 24). In her book, Elizabeth Barrett Browning 's Spiritual Progress, Linda Lewis explains that the poet was so invested in Italian politics that “her obsession weakened her nervous system” (18). On June 20th, 1861, her poor health took a

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