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English Literature

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Sonnet 43

Context

Elizabeth Barret Browning was a prominent Victorian poet. She suffered from lifelong illness, despite which she married the poet and playwright Robert Browning, who was a major influence on her work, and to whom Sonnet 43 is addressed. Sonnet 43 is part of a longer sonnet [sonnet: A 14-line poem, usually written in iambic pentameter. Most sonnets conform to one of the following rhyme schemes: A-B-A-B C-D-C-D E-F-E-F G-G (English sonnet); or A-B-B-A A-B-B-A C-D-E C-D-E (Italian sonnet). ] sequence of 44 sonnets called Sonnets from the Portuguese. Other famous examples of the sonnet sequence include Sir Philip Sydney's Astrophil and Stella and Shakespeare's sonnets.

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