Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a 19th-century English poet who lived during the Victorian era. She was born in 1806 in Durham, England, and grew up in a wealthy family of landowners.
Barrett Browning began writing poetry at a young age and published her first collection, "An Essay on Mind, and Other Poems," in 1826. Her poetry was marked by a deep sensitivity to the human experience and a profound engagement with political and social issues.
In 1844, Barrett Browning met the poet Robert Browning, and the two began a romantic relationship that would ultimately lead to marriage. Their love story is one of the most famous in literary history, and their letters and poems to each other offer a unique window into their passionate and intense relationship.
Barrett Browning's most famous work is "Sonnets from the Portuguese," a collection of love poems that she wrote to Browning. The collection includes the famous poem "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways," which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and romantic poems in the English language.
Despite her fame and success as a poet, Barrett Browning suffered from chronic illness throughout her life, and she died in 1861 at the age of 55. However, her legacy as a poet and advocate for social justice continues to be felt today, and her work continues to inspire and move readers around the world.