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Sonnets from the Portuguese: A Celebration of Love Paperback – 20 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (20 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463544359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463544355
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,821,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861) was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. A collection of her last poems was published by her husband, Robert Browning, shortly after her death. "Portuguese" was a pet name her husband used. Sonnets from the Portuguese also refers to the series of sonnets of the 16th-century Portuguese poet Luís de Camões; in all these poems she used rhyme schemes typical of the Portuguese sonnets. The verse-novel Aurora Leigh, her most ambitious and perhaps the most popular of her longer poems, appeared in 1856. It is the story of a woman writer making her way in life, balancing work and love. The writings depicted in this novel are based on similar, personal experiences that Elizabeth suffered through herself. The North American Review praised Elizabeth’s poem in these words: “Mrs. Browning’s poems are, in all respects, the utterance of a woman—of a woman of great learning, rich experience, and powerful genius, uniting to her woman’s nature the strength which is sometimes thought peculiar to a man.”

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carl Gardner on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I agree with Tony1941 about the typesetting of the Kindle edition (which was my first Kindle download, got precisely in order to see how Kindle would handle classic poetry). These poems are serious works of literature, and deserve respect - and I'd expect Amazon to give it to them. To publish them without regard for formatting them into lines is simply an insult to both poet and reader. It makes no difference that it's free. Seriously unimpressive, Amazon!

Liz Barrett-Browning, 5 stars; Amazon/Kindle, 1 star, but only because the review system requires at least one star.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TONY1941 on 31 Dec. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Let's be clear about this - I am talking about the Kindle edition of this book. Like the other reviewer of this, I was delighted to find these sonnets at the (non)-price! BUT!!!! - I had just bought the "Christina Rossetti - Poems" which was a delight; She(CR)makes a complimentary reference to the Browning Sonnets which set me off looking for a copy. . . . I very happily downloaded this edition - for free! - but was utterly horrified to discover that there is no attempt at formatting throughout the volume. The Table of Contents was bad enough, but to be faced with sonnet after sonnet as solid paragraphs of text is just bizzare. Whoever set it up at least had the sense (or maybe accidental good fortune?) to retain the capital letters which should be at the start of every line, but this whole volume simply looks like an insult to Poetry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tiggrie AKA Sarah on 11 Oct. 2011
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As other reviewers have noted, the Kindle edition's typesetting is so bad that it makes the beautiful poems all but unreadable. A great shame, yes, this is free, but it's a shame whoever converted it apparently either knew nothing about poetry or didn't give a toss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coolcat on 3 Oct. 2014
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This is the most beautiful copy of the Sonnets from the Portuguese I've ever seen. It's bound in a gorgeous silk-like cloth with a burgundy, black and golden floral pattern. It comes with a golden slipcase.
The numbers of the poems at the top of the pages are decorated by Reynolds Stone.
Elizabeth Browning would be thrilled with this edition of her beautiful poems!
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EBB's beautiful sonnets are rendered meaningless because they are presented here as continuous prose without the line beaks.
How do I hate it?
Let me count the ways... !
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By Wendy Osei - Annor on 2 Mar. 2014
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Great book. needed it for a module for my English undergraduate study. it fulfilled its purpose and it was an easy read.
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