Elizabeth Barrett Browning

SUMMER: So, meet me after biology?
TRISTAN: And if I don’t?
SUMMER: You will.
TRISTAN: Oh, yes I will. Ah. To be young and in love.
PARIS: What a shame Elizabeth Barrett Browning wasn’t here to witness this. She’d put her head through a wall.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was an English poet, very popular in the Victorian era and a great influence on American poet Emily Dickinson. Her first volume of poetry, Poems, was published in 1840 to immediate success.

Paris may be unfavourably comparing Tristan and Summer’s conversation with Barrett Browning’s famous love poem Sonnet 43 which begins, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”. It was published in her 1850 collection Sonnets from the Portuguese.

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