A Man's Requirements By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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One of the most interesting facts about Elizabeth Barrett Browning is that she began writing poetry at a young age of six. She was born and raised in Coxhoe Hall, Durham England (“Elizabeth”). Browning suffered a nervous disorder that caused weakness, headaches, and loss of consciousness that would last the rest of her life(“Elizabeth”). Two years after Elizabeth Browning was diagnosed with her nervous disorder, her brother Edward drowned which aggravated her poor health issue(“Elizabeth”). In 1833, Browning published her first book The Seraphim and Other Poems (“Elizabeth”). Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote many romantic poems, however the english poet suffered from major depression as shown in "A Man 's Requirements," "A Lady 's Yes," and "To Flush My Dog," the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning can be described as romantic.

One poem Browning wrote was, “A Man’s Requirements”. This poem focuses on the way a man should treat a women and what the requirements are to be in a relationship with a women (Browning lines 1-12). The strongest part of this poem is when Elizabeth Barrett
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The answer yes means that yes she loves the man asking her the question. However, Browning changing her mind by stating “Colours, seen by candle-light / Will not look the same by the day.” (“A Lady’s Yes” 3-4 ). This part of the poem meaning a man can change at anytime of the day and they will be different everyday. The thought of love and her future was so high that night, the next day her thoughts were uncertain after she thought over the situation. The candle light and the music of the night distracted her to make her think she did love him, but she really did not(“Elizabeth”). Browning does not regret changing her mind, and even blames the man for catching her not paying attention, saying, “Time to dance is not to woo,” and that it is as much his fault as it is hers. ( “A Lady’s Yes” 13-16
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