Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh

The author of the blurb on the Oxford edition of Aurora Leigh does not love poetry. “Aurora Leigh is the foremost example of the mid-nineteenth-century poem of contemporary life,” it reads, a sentiment so bloodless that the Oxford editors had the sense to headline it with a quote from George Eliot: “no poem [of our own day] embraces so wide a range of thought and emotion, or takes such complete possession of our nature.”

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