Analyze the woman's position in "To George Sand: A Desire," "To George Sand: A Recognition," and "Sonnets from the Portuguese" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. In the sonnets, how does Browning subvert patriarchy for her own benefit? Use explanations from the article "Regendering Petrarch" by Marianne Van Remoortel.

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The two poems written in honor of George Sands (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin) openly question the gender binary norms of the 19th century, while "Sonnets from the Portuguese" uses subtler means to achieve this objective.

In "George Sand: A Desire," Browning subverts the natural order of male and female identity from the very first lines of the poem:

Thou large-brained woman and large-hearted man,

Self-called George Sand! whose soul, amid the lions

Of thy tumultuous senses, moans defiance

And answers roar for roar....

The woman assumes a cerebral persona typically associated with the masculine nature, while the man is imbued with the conventional feminine attributes of compassion or emotionalism. George Sands is portrayed as a courageous iconoclastic figure in a den of lions. She challenges the conventions of her time, answering "roar for roar." Browning's hope is that history will regard George Sands as "a pure genius sanctified from blame" for subverting the natural order of gender...

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