Sonnets from the Portuguese 22: When our two souls stand up erect and strong

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806–1861 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
When our two souls stand up erect and strong,
Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,
Until the lengthening wings break into fire
At either curvéd point, — what bitter wrong
Can the earth do to us, that we should not long
Be here contented ? Think. In mounting higher,
The angels would press on us, and aspire
To drop some golden orb of perfect song
Into our deep, dear silence. Let us stay
Rather on earth, Belovèd, — where the unfit
Contrarious moods of men recoil away
And isolate pure spirits, and permit
A place to stand and love in for a day,
With darkness and the death-hour rounding it.

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Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806–1861

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Religion, Living, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Love, Time & Brevity, Nature, Relationships, Christianity, Romantic Love, Realistic & Complicated

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 Elizabeth  Barrett Browning

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Among all women poets of the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century, none was held in higher critical esteem or was more admired for the independence and courage of her views than Elizabeth Barrett Browning. During the years of her marriage to Robert Browning, her literary reputation far surpassed that of her poet-husband; when visitors came to their home in Florence, she was invariably the greater attraction. Both in . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, Living, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Love, Time & Brevity, Nature, Relationships, Christianity, Romantic Love, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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