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The complete work is now in the public domain and available online.

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The complete work is now in the public domain domain, and available online.
can be found on [[https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2002/2002-h/2002-h.htm Project Gutenberg]].



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* IKissYourHand: In issue 38, Elizabeth counts as their first kiss Robert kissing her hand.
-->First time he kissed me, he but only kissed\\
The fingers of this hand wherewith I write;\\
And ever since, it grew more clean and white.


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* RavenHairIvorySkin: Elizabeth describes her hair as very black and her skin as pale-white.
* UndyingLoyalty: In number 43, Elizabeth declares her body will die, but her love will not.


* AncientGreece: [[ReferenceOverdosed Referenced over and over]] - from the first line of the first sonnet, mentioning Theocritus.

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* AncientGreece: [[ReferenceOverdosed Referenced over and over]] - from the first line of the first sonnet, mentioning Theocritus.


Forty-four love sonnets by [[VictorianBritain Victorian era]] British poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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Forty-four love sonnets by [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian era]] British poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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*PlausibleDeniability: Claiming that the poems were translated from Portuguese. There is also a stealth reference in there. As "My Little Portuguese" was a pet name Robert gave to Elizabeth.


Written in 1845–46 after she met fellow poet Robert Browning and before they married, the sonnets remain among the most popular love poetry of all time. The collection was published in 1850 as being translated "from the Portuguese" in order to provide some measure of privacy for the Brownings.

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Written in 1845–46 after she met fellow poet Robert Browning Creator/RobertBrowning and before they married, the sonnets remain among the most popular love poetry of all time. The collection was published in 1850 as being translated "from the Portuguese" in order to provide some measure of privacy for the Brownings.

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Written in 1845–46 after she met fellow poet Robert Browning and before they married, the sonnets remain among the most popular love poetry of all time. The collection was published in 1850 as being translated "from the Portugese" in order to provide some measure of privacy for the Brownings.

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Written in 1845–46 after she met fellow poet Robert Browning and before they married, the sonnets remain among the most popular love poetry of all time. The collection was published in 1850 as being translated "from the Portugese" Portuguese" in order to provide some measure of privacy for the Brownings.

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[[caption-width-right:205:The love of Robert Browning's life, and he was hers.]]

Forty-four love sonnets by [[VictorianBritain Victorian era]] British poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Written in 1845–46 after she met fellow poet Robert Browning and before they married, the sonnets remain among the most popular love poetry of all time. The collection was published in 1850 as being translated "from the Portugese" in order to provide some measure of privacy for the Brownings.

The most famous sonnet is undoubtedly number 43 (especially its first line):

->How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.\\
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height\\
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight\\
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.\\
I love thee to the level of everyday's\\
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.\\
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;\\
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.\\
I love thee with the passion put to use\\
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.\\
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose\\
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,\\
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,\\
I shall but love thee better after death.

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