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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Essay on the Greek Christian Poets


The essay was originally published in The Athenaeum, February and March, 1842.
Although Elizabeth Barrett Browning published "Riga's Last Song" in 1833, it seems a pity that she wasn't able to conclude her essay with mention of Solomos's Hymn to Freedom or of the odes of Kalvos - if, indeed, she was aware of their work.

It seems that she had decided to end her essay with the proud claim that Shakespeare and the English poets were the only true and worthy inheritors of the glorious legacy of the Ancient Greek poets and dramatists :

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