Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact Sheet: Who was Elizabeth Barrett Browning? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the famous English poet.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1806 – 1861 *** Full Name: Elizabeth Barrett Browning was also known as Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett *** Date of Birth (Birthday): She was born on March 6, 1806*** Place of Birth: Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in Kellow, Durham, England *** Family background: Her father was a wealthy man called Edward Barrett Moulton Barrett *** Early life and childhood: Elizabeth Barrett Browning grew up and spent the majority of her childhood in Ledbury and London, England *** Education: Elizabeth Barrett Browning began her education at home with a private tutor *** Elizabeth Barrett Browning died on June 29, 1861 in Florence, Italy ***
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 1: She was born Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett on March 6th, 1806 in Coxhoe Hall between Coxhoe and Kelloe, in County Durham, England.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 2: Elizabeth Barrett Browning became a famous poet of the Romantic Movement. Her great literary talent made her one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian times.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 3: Her father was called Edward Barrett Moulton Barrett, and her mother was Mary Graham Clarke. Elizabeth Barrett Browning came from a large family and she was the eldest of twelve children.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 4:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's
nickname was 'Ba' and she came from
a wealthy family. Their financial
riches came from both her mother and
father's families, and partly
derived from slave labour. Some of
the Barrett family were Creole and
had owned sugar plantations in
Jamaica for centuries. However,
Edward Barrett Moulton Barrett chose
to live and bring his family up in
Britain, whilst his wealth continued
to grow in Jamaica.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 9: Elizabeth Barrett Browning was involved in an accident on a pony when she was fifteen years of age. The accident left her with severe spinal damage. Her health was poor throughout her life as she was also plagued with a lung illness which lasted until her death. Despite suffering from ill health, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was never deterred from writing poetry.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 10: The title of one of her most epic poems was Aurora Leigh. She wrote the poem, which consisted of nine books, in 1856. Elizabeth Barrett Browning considered the novel the most mature of her works. It is set in the cities of Florence, London and Paris and incorporates her childhood hometown of Malvern close to where she grew up at Hope End. The poem is written from the viewpoint of Aurora who narrates her life from a child until she reaches around 27 years of age.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 11:
She wrote Aurora Leigh in blank
verse which can be described as
regular metrical but unrhymed lines,
and an influential type of poetry
that began in England during the
16th century. The majority of
English poetry is written in blank
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 16: Elizabeth Barrett Browning met with Robert Browning in 1845 and they began a relationship. Robert Browning was hugely supportive of Elizabeth's literary works, and some of her greatest poems were produced after she met him. Some critics believe that Elizabeth Barrett Browning became a lesser version of her former self after she met him. Her father disapproved of the relationship so their courtship was kept a secret for a time.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 17: She married Robert Browning in 1846 at St Marylebone Parish Church. When her father learned of the marriage, he disinherited her. He had done the same thing to her siblings who had married. Elizabeth Barrett Browning had money of her own and she moved to Italy with her new husband where they started a family. The couple had a son in 1849 called Robert Wiedeman Barrett Browning.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Fact 18:
Whilst in Italy, she continued to
publish her literary works and even
introduced some love sonnets at the
insistence of her husband. As a
result, her popularity grew even
more so. The couple became part of a
highly respectable social circle of
writers and artists.
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