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A Poetics of Reciprocity: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Ballads and Sonnets

  title={A Poetics of Reciprocity: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Ballads and Sonnets},
  author={R. Sneyd},
This thesis considers the way in which a selection of the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (henceforth to be referred to as EBB) exhibits what I will refer to as a poetics of reciprocity. My focus is on EBB’s ballads of the 1830s and 40s, her amatory sonnet sequence Sonnets from the Portuguese, and those ballads found in Last Poems. Lyric poetry is, traditionally, said to be defined by a monologic lyric speaker. Mikhail Bakhtin, for instance, pronounced that the mono-stylistic and cohesive… Expand


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