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The lives and works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson may be different in many ways, but there are existential treads that bind these two people together by similarities.

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´╗┐Gosse Kaitlyn Gosse English II Honors Ms. Woods 24 January 2012 Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson The lives and works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson may be different in many ways, but there are existential treads that bind these two people together by similarities. Elizabeth Browning became famous while she was alive and was very influential opposed to Emily Dickinson who became famous for her poems after she died. In the eighteenth century two of the finest poets; Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson are two people who are close in certain aspects but completely different individuals. Thus, looking deeper into each individual?s lives and works will give us a better perception on these two poets. The Victorian poet ?Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806, March 6th Durham, England, and was the oldest child out of twelve children? (?Elizabeth Barrett Browning?). ?Elizabeth?s father, Edward Barrett, was a businessman who was very wealthy from many sugar plantations in Jamaica? (?Elizabeth Barrett Browning?). As a child, Elizabeth wrote her first earliest known poem for her mother?s birthday and for her fifteenth birthday; her father had one of her poems privately printed. ...read more.


?The rage and grief of the woman chillingly conveyed in the first-person narrative? (Burlinson). Elizabeth held a deep belief that poetry could change attitudes toward the world, and indeed it did. ?Her poem ?The Cry of the Children? caused a sensational reaction that caused public reform in a protest against the working conditions of children? (Burlinson). ?In fact, Elizabeth is one of the greatest sonnet writers in our language, and she is worthy enough to be ranked side by side with Milton and Wordsworth? (Arnold). Elizabeth has managed to touch all the chief human relationships and when she touched them, it was always in a noble manner and severe simplicity which is greatly preferred to be her most luscious and copious versification (Arnold). Unlike Elizabeth, Emily seemed to be more reclusive with her life and at a young age Emily went into seclusion, resulting in her not socially maturing. Emily also avoided doing routine house work or other normal daily activities because she like being alone to dream and use her imagination (Southworth). Many readers believe that by shunning the realities of everyday life, Emily was able to find the greater reality in the realm of imagination (Southworth). ...read more.


In this poem Emily tells the heart what do to by commands making the hearts seem as if it can act, think and follow orders like a brain. By making the heart have a human characteristic Emily is using the literary device personification. Emily also uses a literary device called tautology which is use when there is a repetition of words, and in the first stanza of ?Heart, we will forget him? Emily uses the word forget three times to emphases that she and her heart will forget the one that broke them. Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson were two poets that works were very similar in structure despite being born in different ears. The two poets depicted similar first person?s personas in their writings and became famous for it. Although Elizabeth became famous while she was alive, Emily Dickinson did not. Each poet however had their work published and found by someone else. Elizabeth?s husband was the person who made her forty-four sonnets one of her well-known achievements and for Emily her sister Livinia was the founder of many poems left from her death. By comparing the works and lives of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, we can conclude that the inner life of an artist has more impact on their literary output than the external factors that shaped their lives. ...read more.

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