At a glance:
- Author: Elizabeth Barrett Moulton
- First Published: 1850
- Type of Poem: Sonnet
- Genres: Poetry, Sonnet
- Subjects: Love or romance, Future, Hope, God, Self-confidence, Death or dying, Joy or sorrow, Heaven, Angels
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s audience probably understood the author of her sonnets to be a woman and probably read them as an expression of love from a woman to a man. It is known that before Elizabeth Barrett met her future husband, her health was very delicate and that it improved after their marriage. This much biographical information is useful, for it heightens the experience of the poem, especially since the sonnet deals with the poet herself nearly having died; knowing that two real-life lovers stand behind the poem increases its emotional impact.
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