Posted by: Jodi | March 6, 2011

Quickly Quotable #49 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.”

“Since when was genius found respectable?”

“Who so loves believes the impossible.”

“At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.”

“He lives most life whoever breathes most air.”

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

“An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all.”

Elisabeth Barrett Browning

  • Born: 6 March 1806

  • Birthplace: Durham, England
  • Died: 29 June 1861
  • Best Known As: Author of Aurora Leigh and wife of Robert Browning

Name at birth: Elizabeth Barrett

After anonymously publishing a book of poetry and a translation of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, Elizabeth Barrett published The Seraphim and Other Poems in 1838 under her own name. Her literary success drew the attention of poet Robert Browning and they met and fell in love. In defiance of her father, and in spite of ill-health, she married Browning secretly in 1846. She continued to publish poems, including the “novel in verse” Aurora Leigh, published in 1857.

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