By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Aurora Leigh is the key instance of the mid-nineteenth-century poem of up to date lifestyles. This verse-novel is a richly specific illustration of the early Victorian age. The social landscape extends from the slums of London, in the course of the literary international, to the higher sessions and a few significant satiric images: an aunt with rigidly traditional notions of girl schooling; Romney Leigh, the Christian socialist; Lord Howe, the beginner radical; Sir Blaise Delorme, the ostentatious Roman Catholic; and the unscrupulous society attractiveness girl Waldemar.
even if, the dominant presence within the paintings is the narrator, Aurora Leigh herself. From early years in Italy and youth within the West kingdom to the vocational offerings, inventive struggles, and emotional entanglements of her first decade of grownup existence, Aurora Leigh develops her rules on paintings, love, God, the lady query, and society.
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