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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Allyson Young

on 10 November 2012

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Transcript of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Allyson Young Timeline •1806: March 6 Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born

•1808: U.S abolishes slave trade

•1838: Elizabeth’s brother drowned

•1846: Elizabeth married Robert Browning •1849: Elizabeth’s first and only son was born

•1854: The Republican Party was formed

•1861: Elizabeth Barrett Browning died Timeline Pictures:
Grief

I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;
That only men incredulous of despair,
Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air
Beat upward to God’s throne in loud access
Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness,
In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare
Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare
Of the absolute heavens. Deep-hearted man, express
Grief for thy dead in silence like to death—
Most like a monumental statue set
In everlasting watch and moveless woe
Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.
Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet:
If it could weep, it could arise and go. Tone: sad grief

Summary: The poem is about men who grieve quietly, versus men who grieve loudly. Assonance- "Half-taught in anguish,"
"God's throne in loud"
Simile- "souls as countries"
Personification- "hopeless grief is passionless"
Imagery- "despair", "midnight air"
Rhyme Scheme- abbaabba I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;
That only men incredulous of despair,
Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air
Beat upward to God’s throne in loud access
Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness,
In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare
Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare
Of the absolute heavens. Deep-hearted man, express Grief for thy dead in silence like to death—
Most like a monumental statue set
In everlasting watch and moveless woe
Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.
Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet:
If it could weep, it could arise and go. Simile- "silence like to death"
Imagery- "death", "monumental statue", "crumble to the dust beneath"
Personification- "marble eyelids are not wet"
Rhyme Scheme- cdecde Theme: Grief is better suffered in silence than out loud. Relationship to Author: Elizabth Barrett Browning may have written this poem about grieving when her brother drowned and she was in a state of mourning. "The poetess is not a paragon of English domesticity but an inherently transnational figure." _ Alison Chapman "Many of Barrett Browning's writings champion a framework that seeks to reconcile opposing forces and hold them in a kind of creative relationship. " -Christine Chaney Author's Quote:



"Since when was genius found respectable?" -Elizabeth Barrett Browning Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a good poet and her poetry was very well written. I enjoyed reading some of her poems.
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