The Life And Work Of Elizabeth Barrette Browning: A Woman Cannot Do The Things She Ought

2290 words - 9 pages

“A woman cannot do the things she ought, which means whatever perfect thing she can, in life, in art, in science, but fears to let the perfect action take her part and rest there: she must prove what she can do before she does it.” –Quote from Elizabeth Barrette Browning
Elizabeth’s life was not what one would consider easy. Elizabeth Barrette was only at the tender age of 10 when she was reading William Shakespeare; she was a self-taught student, and a brilliant one at that. She read the Old Testament in Hebrew, the histories of Rome, and England, also some of Pope's Homeric translations.
Elizabeth thought “I am of natural ill health.” At the age of 13, even though the bad health did not show up till she was 15. She started to suffer from a mysterious illness, she felt as if there were a cord tied around her stomach. Now some believe she was saddling the horse and some incident happened causing Elizabeth to suffered a spine injury, and that was the reason for the subscribed opium. Others say that a blood vessel popped in her lungs leaving her with a cornice cough and lead her to also feel very weak, maybe that was the reason for the opium? Many say both happed so what if that’s the reason for the opium . The fact is; none will truly ever know.
The injury’s itself was not documented, somehow, injury’s or not, she became addicted to opium “Opium – opium – opium-night after night! – and some evenings even opium won't do" Elizabeth confessions. With her farther losing his wealth that he made from Jamaican sugar plantations, and her mother worsening with in every day, she felt as though life itself had given up on her.
Opium is highly addictive, it’s an bitter yellow-brownish narcotic drug. It contains codeine, nicotine, morphine, and many other alkaloids. Morphine reliefs the severe pain, laudanum is to promote sleep, paregoric stops diarrhea and codeine helps the coughing. Opium was banned from the U.S in 1914, it was so strong that some addicts replaced the opium in for cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs.
A year after Elizabeth’s vessel popped her mother died, pushing Elizabeth into a deeper depression, but at age 26 she still tried to hold her head up high. Ten short years later her beloved brother drowned and died in the Babbacomebe Bay while Elizabeth was living in London.
“I am so alone.” Elizabeth wrote “My brother and mother were the only people who believed in me. It is as if I am feeling dead before death.”
She felt responsible for his death, she wanted him to be there for her. The result of her favorite brother and much loved mother dyeing was one that took an huge impact on ...

Find Another Essay On The Life and Work of Elizabeth Barrette Browning: A Woman Cannot Do the Things She Ought

You are on a long road trip when a woman spies you reading Streetwise by Elijah Anderson. How do you respond (using crime and cultural theory to back your opinions) when she makes this statement:

1065 words - 4 pages Bureau surveys suggest the number of involuntarily unemployed is small, and no one has a child without choosing to have sex. Students of inner-city schools are far more likely to drop out, and while young black males are far less likely to be employed than their Hispanic and white counterparts, one third of them will spend time in prison at some point in life. Two-thirds of black children are born out of wedlock. These are choices with

'How events in the life of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning influenced her changing literary style' -

1650 words - 7 pages angel lips to see him first,Had left a silent echo in his ray?" (The Seraphim, 1838)The poem is a deep reflection of what Barrett feels inside at this time in her life. She is depressed,lonely and full of agony because of all the aweful things which are happening, so she turns to spirituality.She looks to God for renewal and strength, expressing his awesomeness in her poems, as she doeshere when describing the Holy God. Another poem written

Journal Review - Incoherence of the moral "ought", an analysis of a paper by Elizabeth Anscombe entitled, 'Modern Moral Philosophy.'

642 words - 3 pages The Incoherence of the Moral 'Ought,' a journal article by Duncan Richter, is an analysis of a paper by Elizabeth Anscombe entitled, 'Modern Moral Philosophy.' In this analysis, Mr. Richter is only concerned about Anscombe's second thesis, which states as follows:The concepts of moral obligation and moral duty (what is morally right and morally wrong, and the moral sense of 'ought,' ought to be jettisoned if this is psychologically possible

The Rose and Zephyr by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

1259 words - 5 pages when Elizabeth died. In September of 1846 Robert and Elizabeth eloped. To their union one child was born, Robert Weidman Barrett Browning. On 29 June, 1861, Elizabeth Barrett Browning died in her husband’s arms (Leighton 89). One of Elizabeth’s most famous sonnets was Sonnet 43. Line one state “How do I love thee? Let me count thy ways.” Elizabeth begins to count what she cannot really count. She wonders how much she loves this person and just

The Things She Carried

1126 words - 5 pages not too noisy Hoover over dirt that barely exists. At home when she vacuums she sings, but of course she cannot do that here, so the Hoover hums for her, a song that is surely monotonous, but has a safe and comforting rhythm to it. By 10 pm the clinic is closed, the therapists have left with their heavy briefcases filled with notes and the clinic is once again as quiet as a library— the only people left are the ones between the pages of the

Comparison between the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

1816 words - 8 pages of symbolism exhibits the hollowness of daisy and who she is as a person. The symbolism of the shirts represents wealth and affability, which in turn demonstrates Daisy’s superficiality, as she is immediately attracted to them, to a point that she starts crying over their ‘beauty’. Unlike Barret Browning, the morality of love is diminishing in ‘The Great Gatsby’, to a point that the sanctity of love is based purely on superficialities. This moral

Life of a Sensuous Woman and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

1842 words - 7 pages . The two men who came to hear the old woman’s story and ask her to help them understand more about life indicates that women do possess the ability to be intellectual and use their knowledge to guide others (Saikaku 594). It is clear that how valuable the old woman’s opinion was to those two men that they came to seek her guidance instead of going to a man. The whole idea of men seeking guidance from a woman during the 17th century is revolutionary

A critical analysis of the work edited by Elizabeth Hatton called Understanding TEACHING: Curriculum and the social context of schooling

3801 words - 15 pages and recognise there are different ways of viewing reality, and these can be influenced by a person's location in the social order (Villegas and Lucas, 2002) as well as their ethnicity.Kagan (1992) argues that student teachers are ill equipped to tackle the dilemma of culture in the classroom, as most do not get training in sufficiently diverse localities. It has even been known for some teachers to get mad at their students for being poor (Nicklin

A Brief Biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning Moulton

1247 words - 5 pages mind to whatever she wanted to do. Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Aurora Leigh Durham, NC: 1856 unknown publisher Selma Public Library 821.82 Her poetry was very popular in both Britain and also in the United States during her lifetime. Barrett never went to a real school so she was home schooled by her mother and her mother tried very hard to keep Elizabeth full of knowledge since they had very little money growing up. At around the age of

The Life and Work of Mary Crawford: A Feminist Psychologist

1489 words - 6 pages Mary Crawford is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most influential feminist psychologists in history, a first responder, in the uphill battle against “womanless” and anti-feminist psychological practices. She has achieved high accomplishments, as well as endured many hardships, and has fought to secure equality for women and to improve the lives of women all across the globe. Crawford is an accomplished author, her work spanning a diverse

The Life and Work of a Computer Programmer

1296 words - 5 pages The purpose of a computer programmer is to design and develop applications to perform the needs of a consumer. This occupation is essential to modern day life due to all of the computers that are in use today. Computer programming is a fulfilling career goal because of the ability to be on the cutting edge of technology, design software for computers, and have a wide range of benefits. Computer programming consists of many duties. Duties of

Similar Essays

Is The Idea Of A Contract A Good Way Of Explaining Why We Ought To Do Things?

1728 words - 7 pages person A keep to his side of a set bargain, whilst the person he is transacting with, person B, does not, then the first person, person A, will be the loser. If person A wants to avoid being the loser however, he must then also renege, and this gives the image described by Hobbes of non co-operation in the state of nature.This we can see how contracts can explain why we ought to do certain things which would seemingly be for the benefit of others

Comparing How Do I Love Thee By Elizabeth Barrett Browning And A Brithday By Christina Rosetti

2117 words - 8 pages things that happen to his body. For example when he sees here he says 'My face turned pale as deadly pale. My legs refused to walk away.' He uses these reactions to show his sensation of love. In the two poems 'How do I love thee?' and 'A Birthday' there is different types of love in the poetry. In 'How do I love thee?' the sensation of love being described by Elizabeth Browning is being in love with somebody, using

Analysis Of "How Do I Love Thee?" By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

841 words - 3 pages of his children to marry. In 1833 Elizabeth published her first work, a translation of Prometheus Bound by the Greek dramatist Aeschylus.A few years later the family moved to London. Her father began sending Elizabeth's younger brothers and sisters to Jamaica to help with the family business. Elizabeth was distressed because she openly opposed slavery in Jamaica and on the family plantations and because she did not want her siblings sent away.In

"How Do I Love Thee" By Elizabeth Browning. Interprataiton

1050 words - 4 pages great-great aunt whose teenage age years were during the turn of the century. Although, she grew up fifty years after Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I believe that courtship rituals of that time were not that different than during Elizabeth's time. On occasion, my Aunt Cleone would describe her courtship with her future husband as simple, innocent and romantic. Sharing poetry or short notes was a large part of this formal courtship.Victorian couples