Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

Editor: John Robert Glorney Bolton
Editor: Julia Bolton Holloway

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140434125
  • 544 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Aurora Leigh (1856), Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s epic novel in blank verse, tells the story of the making of a woman poet, exploring ‘the woman question’, art and its relation to politics and social oppression. The texts in this selection are based in the main on the earliest printed versions of the poems. What Edgar Allan Poe called ‘her wild and magnificent genius’ is abundantly in evidence. In addition to Aurora Leigh, this volume contains poetry from the several volumes of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s published poetry from 1826 to 1862, including Casa Guidi Windows (1851), Songs for the Ragged Schools of London (1854) and the British Library manuscript text of the ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’ (1846) which records her courtship with Robert Browning.
Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Editor: John Robert Glorney Bolton, Editor: Julia Bolton Holloway


“Her ardour and abundance, her brilliant descriptive powers, her shrewd and caustic humour infect us with her own enthusiasm. We laugh, we protest, we complain – it is absurd, it is impossible, we cannot tolerate this exaggeration a moment longer – but, nevertheless, we read to the end enthralled. What more can an author ask?”
—Virginia Woolf

Table of Contents

Aurora Leigh and Other Poems – Elizabeth Barrett Browning Edited by John Robert Glorney Bolton and Julia Bolton Holloway

Table of Dates
Further Reading
Aurora Leigh
From Essay on Mind, with Other Poems (1826)
Verses to My Brother
Stanzas on the Death of Lord Byron [1824]
Lines on the Portrait of the Widow of Riego
From Prometheus Bound, and Miscellaneous Poems (1833)
The Death-Bed of Teresa del Riego
The Cry of the Children (1843, 1844)
From Poems (1844)
Past and Future
To George Sand. A Desire
Lady Geraldine’s Courtship
Crowned and Wedded [1840]
Wine of Cyprus
The Dead Pan
Caterina to Camoëns
The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point (1848, 1849, 1850)
From Poems (1850)
Flush or Faunus
Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave
Hugh Stuart Boyd: His Blindness
Hugh Stuart Boyd: Legacies
Sonnets from the Portugese [1846]
Casa Guidi Windows (1851)
From Two Poems by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
A Plea for the Ragged Schools of London
From Poems Before Congress (1860)
Christmas Gifts
From Last Poems (1862)
The North and the South [1861]
Psyche Gazing on Cupid [1845]
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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