First published in 2003, this book examines the creative partnership of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, and provides a critical analysis of the poems written by this famous couple during the 16 year period of their friendship, courtship and marriage. Even quite early in their relationship, the Brownings shared a frame of reference: similar themes, narrative structures, and details of phrasing resonate in their works and suggest dialogue, rather than merely mutual influence. Pollock traces parallels between the Brownings' lives and works even before they met, and then throughout their courtship and married life, suggesting that their creative dialogue continued after Barrett Browning died in 1861, as her presence and themes continued to inform Browning's poetry for at least a decade afterward.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Art and Inexperience: 1806-1844 2. A Broken Poem: 1844-1846 3. Double Voices: 1844-1846 4. Browning Beside Himself: 1847-1851 5. Giotto's Tower: 1847-1851 6. A Gallery of Voices: 1851-1855 7. "What Form is Best?": 1852-1856; Afterword; Bibliography; Index