Elizabeth Barrett Browning

BookElizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Writers and their Work

2011

February 1st, 2011

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) was one of the most important poets of the nineteenth century and has recently undergone a major critical reappraisal. In this study, Simon Avery considers a range of her poems, drawn from across her career, in order to examine the concern with the search for a meaningful home which underpins much of her writing. In a series of interrelated chapters of Barrett Browning’s religious poetry, love poetry, political poetry, and her major work, Aurora Leigh, he explores the way in which speakers and protagonists of her poems constantly search for a place of security and stability even though this often seems finally unattainable. Attention is also given to Barrett Browning’s own search for a home in relation to inherited poetic models and traditions, and her establishment of an often radical poetics.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright5
Dedication6
Contents8
Acknowledgements9
Biographical Outline11
Abbreviations and References15
Preface17
1 The Shaping of a Poetics22
2 The Search for a Spiritual Home48
3 The Search for an Emotional Home61
4 The Search for a Political Home76
5 Restructuring Home: Aurora Leigh92
Conclusion: The Exile and the Empty Home120
Notes123
Select Bibliography133
Index142