Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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"Elizabeth Barrett Browning" was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both Britain and the United States during her lifetime.

Born in County Durham, the eldest of 12 children, Elizabeth Barrett was educated at home. She wrote poetry from around the age of six and this was compiled by her mother, comprising what is now one of the largest collections extant of juvenilia by any English writer. At 15 she became ill, suffering from intense head and spinal pain for the rest of her life, rendering her frail. She took laudanum for the pain, which may have led to a lifelong addiction and contributed to her weak health.

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Since when was genius found respectable?

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.

Best be yourself, imperial, plain and true!

Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.

You were made perfectly to be loved - and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.

Who so loves believes the impossible.

What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.

Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.

Earth's crammed with heaven.

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?

I love thee to the level of everyday's most quiet need,by sun and candle light...I love thee with the breath,smiles,tears,of all my life.