Thursday, March 16

Facts about Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Who is ready to learn some quick facts about a famous poet?

Each Thursday for the next fifty weeks I will be blogging about a famous poet. I have picked 50 poets to write quick facts about. We are on week 2! This week’s famous poet is Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Last week’s famous poet was Emily Elizabeth Dickinson. Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a famous poet. She started writing poems at a young age. She started writing poems sometime between six and eleven years old. She wrote well over 100 poems. She was born in County Durham, England. Her parents’ names are Edward Barrett Moulton and Mary Graham Clarke. She had eleven siblings; eight brothers and three sisters. Keep reading to find out more about Elizabeth Barrett Browning.


Here is a list of some poems/writings by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

  • The Cry of the Children
  • A Child Asleep
  • A Musical Instrument
  • Sabbath Morning at Sea
  • Grief
  • The Soul’s Expression
  • How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
  • Beloved, thou hast brought me many flowers
  • A Dead Rose

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Quick facts about Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

1. She was born March 6, 1806 in County Durham, England.  

2. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was 55 years old when she died. She passed away on June 29, 1861. She is buried in The English Cemetery in Florence, Italy. She is buried in a beautiful tomb and on the ground during the spring there are beautiful irises and other types of flowers growing all around it.

3. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s most famous poem is: How Do I Love Thee?:

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 every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

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.

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning married Robert Browning. He was also a famous poet. They had one child and his name was Robert Wiedeman Barrett-Browning. His nickname was Pen. Elizabeth was forty-three years old when Pen was born.

5. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s last word was “beautiful”. She died peacefully in her husband’s arms. Scientist believe she may have died from hypokalemic periodic paralysis.

6. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was against slavery. She wrote two poems about slavery; “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point” and “A Curse for a Nation”.

7. She loved to read books, ride ponies, and have picnics. When she was younger her and her family would put on plays for family and friends to watch. She had a pet dog named Flush. Flush was a spaniel. She received the dog as a gift from Mary Mitford. During Elizabeth’s adult life she met quite a few famous authors, poets, and artists. Mary Mitford was a famous author.

8. Elizabeth suffered with head and spinal pain starting when she was around 15 years old. She took opiates for the pain and became addicted to them and used them for most of her adult life. She also became ill with a lung disease later in her life. 

9. She got her education at home. She was taught by her oldest brother Edward and a tutor. She learned to write when she was about four years old.


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Books about Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

1. How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

2. The Brownings for the Young by Robert Browning

3. How Do I love Thee? by Jennifer Adams

Parents/caretakers be sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.


Thank you for reading my poet post!! If you find a mistake, please advise me. Tune in next week to learn some quick facts about Edgar Allan Poe!


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Facts about Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Who is ready to learn some quick facts about a famous poet? Each Thursday for the next fifty weeks I will be blogging about a famous poet....