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Read and listen to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poignant poem: "If You Must Love Me"

Elisabeth Barrett nacque nel 1806 a Durham. Visse un’infanzia privilegiata con i suoi undici fratelli. Il padre aveva fatto fortuna grazie a delle piantagioni di zucchero in Jamaicaand had bought a large estate in the Malvern Hills, where Elizabeth spent her time riding horses and putting on plays with her family.

Elizabeth, not yet grown up, had already readMilton,ShakespeareisDante. At the age of twelve he wrote an epic poem. His passion for the classics and metaphysics was balanced by a strong religious spirit.

Between 1832 and 1837, following financial difficulties, the Barrett family moved three times and then settled inLondon. In 1838 the collection was publishedThe Seraphim and Other Poems. During the same period, Elizabeth Barrett had serious health problems that made her disabled in the lower limbs and forced her to stay at home and see only two or three people in addition to family members.

In 1844, the release of thepoemsmade her one of the most popular writers of the day. Reading her collection of poems prompted the poetRobert Browning a scriverle per manifestare il proprio apprezzamento. Nel 1845 si incontrarono e, poco dopo, essendo il padre di Elizabeth fieramente contrario alle loro nozze, si sposarono di nascosto e fuggirono insieme a Florence, dove ebbero un figlio, pen. In Florence they resided inSan Felice Square, in an apartment in Palazzo Guidi which today has become the museum ofCasa Guididedicated to their memory.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning later publishedSonnets from the Portuguese(1850),Home Drive Windows(1851),Aurora Leigh(1856) ePoems before Congress(collection of his poems, 1860).

She was a great proponent ofresurrectionItalian, who accurately described, especially the events of 1848-1849 inHome Drive Windows. She valued a lotCamillo BensoCount of Cavour and was saddened by his death.

As her health worsened, she died in Florence in 1861. She is buried atEnglish Cemetery in Florence. (source © Wikipedia)

Se devi amarmi
If you must love me 3

Let's read together

If you must love me, for nothing else
se non che per amore.
Never say:
i love you for the smile,
for the look,
the kindness of speaking,
the way of thinking so in line with mine,
that made me serene one day.
These are all things
that can change, beloved,
in sé o per te, un amore
thus arisen it could then die.
And don't love me out of pity for tears
that bathe my face.
Can he forget crying who long had your comfort,
and lose you.
Soltanto per amore amami – e per sempre, per l’eternità.

Let's listen together

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If you have to love me

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