The Brownings

Okay, I know love letter fest is technically over.  HOWEVER, I could not resist posting two, short letters exchanged between one of the most romantic, literary couples  (Robert and Elizabeth Browning) ever  (in my book THE most romantic, literary couple).  Of course, Elizabeth wrote my favorite poetry collection, Sonnets from the Portuguese, for her husband Robert Browning and I believe them to be the most beautiful poems (especially numbers I, XIV, XX, and the best, XLIII).  So enjoy and keep that passion alive every day, not just on Valentine’s Day!!!!

To Elizabeth Barrett Browning:                                                       

…would I,  if I could,  supplant one of any of the affections that I know to have taken root in you – that great and solemn one, for instance.
I feel that if I could get myself remade,  as if turned to gold,
I WOULD not even then desire to become more than the mere setting to that diamond you must always wear.

The regard and esteem you now give me,  in this letter,  and which I press to my heart and bow my head upon,  is all I can take and all too embarrassing,  using all my gratitude.

– Robert Browning

To Robert Browning:

And now listen to me in turn.
You have touched me more profoundly than I thought even you could have touched me – my heart was full when you came here today.
Henceforward I am yours for everything.

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

11 thoughts on “The Brownings”

  1. Pam:

    Thanks for heeding to my suggestion. I’m honoured and glad. Hope you savour the essence of those love letters and share your thoughts with us. Pam, emails and the like have slowly taken the steam off romances. I still write letters to people and hence the love for reading personal hand-written letters.

    Pam, do you enjoy writing hand-written personal letters?

    Sorry to come by over and over and pop up new questions.

    Joy always,

    1. Susan,

      I loved reading such penned beauty! I agree that, while technology has permitted us to connect in ways we couldn’t years ago (Skype, internet, text messaging), I am an old fashioned woman!!!! Nothing replaces a hand-written letter!!!!! Part of why romance is becoming obsolete in some manners is because of this very reason! I still have letters that I treasure and keep tucked away 🙂

      I have an on-going love affair with books. The feel, smell, look of them. A Kindle can never replace the romance of an actual text!!!! LOL. My friends, fortunately, do not think I am nuts since most of them are English majors and would agree!

      I love questions! I am a “why” woman myself!



  2. I enjoy reading letters exchanged between famous people. Have you read the letters of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir; Kahlil Gibran and Mary? Pam, there are so many different kinds of love and the letters reflect that. The love of Sartre and Beauvoir was not the one I would fancy anytime.

    And Browning! how I enjoy his dramatic monologues.

    Thanks Pam.

    Joy always,

    1. I do too! I have not yet but I will! Thanks for the suggestion! Yes, it is true. C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves is probably my favorite book on the matter. The Brownings were so very romantic. He loved her before he even saw her! She adored him! Nice chatting! I will be sure to read more. . .

    2. Okay, I had to read some! Wow! I love this quote!

      You listen to so much more than I can say. You hear consciousness. You go with me where the words I say can’t carry you.

      (Gibran’s words quoted from Mary Haskell’s journal dated 5th June 1924)

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