The Poetess’ Fairy Tale

             A single tear fell from her eye as the softly spoken words, “I do,” came forth from her trembling lips. A thousand questions blazed through her mind as she pondered her future, on this, her wedding day. She wondered, “if she will promise to give up her home and the day-to-day associations with her father, brothers, sisters, and friends, will he in turn be everything to her so that she will never miss the life she leaves behind?” (Taplin 81) Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s hesitations and uncertainties disappear as she looks into Robert Browning’s loving eyes (81). This moment would be the most inspiring of her life and lead to her most famous poems. Her religious beliefs throughout life, fanatical love of Italy, and romantic love for Robert Browning influenced Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her works.
             Elizabeth Barrett Browning habituated religious beliefs in her early works. From her childhood, through adolescence, and into her adulthood, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a devout Christian (Morlier). Knowing the Christian religion enhanced Browning’s ideas concerning this topic. One can easily see that “her life stands, as do her early poems, on a model on Christian charity” (Radley, “Chapter 3” 52). As Browning stated the importance of religion, she felt that Christians are “safe in loving Christ,” and were “glorified in love in Heaven” (52). This shows that religion is a significant factor in her writings. During the 1930’s, the majority of Browning’s writings reflected on religious ideas and concepts (52). One of her first published works called The Seraphim and Other Poems deals with two angels “commenting on the crucifixion” of Jesus (Taplin 78). Religion served as the inception to Browning’s writing. One can clearly see the great impact religion has had on her and her works. In her religious poem “An Island” Elizabeth Barrett Browning writes about a beautiful place,...

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