Robert and Elizabeth Browning

Robert Browning (1812-1889) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, his wife, (1806-1861) were English poets and playwrights.

He wrote O, to be in England and My Last Dutchess, poems I was introduced to in high school. Her most famous work was Sonnets from the Portuguese.

Perhaps even more famous than their poetry is the tale of their love, immortalized in The Barrett’s of Wimpole Street, a 1934 film.

Below are a couple of poems and a collection of quotations from the Brownings which have become a part of our language.