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The Writer’s Almanac for March 6, 2017: Winter, Spring

Mar. 6, 2017: birthday: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

It’s the birthday of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (books by this author), born in Durham, England (1806). A young poet, Robert Browning, read her poems and sent her an admiring letter. Eventually, he came to court her, and in 1846, when she was 40 and he was 34, they married — in secret and against her father’s wishes — and ran away to Italy. Over the next few years, Barrett Browning wrote her most famous volume of poetry, Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850), which included the lines: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”