The Browings Letters and Poetry Author:Christopher Ricks The romance of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, one of he most dramatic love stories of he nineteenth century, is as familiar to many readers as the fine poetry they created before and during their life together. — The tumultuous courtship and secret marriage of a confirmed bachelor and an invalid long dominated by her strong-willed... more » father intensified even more their poetic sensitivities.
Robert Browning, with his lucid, outgoing approach to life, wrote more spontaneously, more prolifically than Elizabeth, and his work appears here in greater length. Poems such as Fra Lippo Lippi, Andrea del Sarto, and 'Chile Roland to the Dark Tower Came' run complete; longer poems including Sordello and The Ring and the Book have been excerpted, but with their context and feeling intact.
Among the more than thirty poems in this volume by Elizabeth Browning are Sonnets from the Portuguese, written for Robert; From Heine; and excerpts from Casa Guidi Windows and Aurora Leigh.
Robert's innocent first letter to Elizabeth saying "I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett...and I love you too," was the beginning of a remarkable correspondence. The fifty letters appearing here tell perhaps as much about the Brownings as their poetry.
With a complete understanding of their lives and work, Christopher Ricks, Professor of English at the University of Bristol in England, has completed this new edition. He links the two poets for their genius and talent. ...« less