Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...refuse to suggest the likeness of the clouds to the "shining saints half risen." But the poet has a right to the suggestion by the divine supremacy of his art. In the following picture of an English scene, where Aurora describes her memory of the view from her window at her English aunt's home, how true it all seems! We see the English lawn, Which, after sweeping broadly round the house, Went trickling through the shrubberies in a stream Of tender turf, and wore and lost itself Among the acacias, over which you saw The irregular line of elms by the deep lane Which stopped the grounds and dammed the overflow Of arbutus and laurel....... Behind the elms. And through their tops, you saw the folded hills Striped up and down with hedges (burly oaks Projecting from the line to show themselves). To this point we follow with ease; we see it all plainly and recognize it for truly English. Then Italianate Aurora dips the pen once more and tells what she sees further. There is a storm and a sunset; after that a "trance of passive glory," and then In apparition on the golden sky (Alas, my Giotto's background!) the sheep run Along the fine clear outline, small as mice That run along a witch's scarlet thread. Now, what shall we say to that? Nothing, except that we never saw it so, never saw such antics on such a sky line, but that we can, however, very easily believe that Aurora did. We believed in Tennyson's snow-draped peaks on the margin of his Lincolnshire marshes, and we can believe in Mrs. Browning's sky line, no matter how many sheep run along there like mice upon a witch's scarlet thread! Mrs. Browning knew perfectly well what she was doing. Aurora marked her own " pastoral" a failure because it was a book Of surface-pictures--pretty, cold, and false...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667549
  • 9781236667540