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Record 16716

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Richard Hengist Horne, 10 March 1841: 'I have seen Orpheus, & write just to thank you for the pleasure of the vision [...] You have gathered power, intensity, freedom of versification -- But in my brain ---- "slow the Argo ploughs her way LIke a dun dragon spreading moonlit wings", to suggest certain unsurpassable lines.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1841 and 10 Mar 1841
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Evangelical
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Richard Hengist Horne
Title: 'Orpheus'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16716  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: 5
  Page: 29
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1987), 5, p. 29,, accessed: 20 May 2024

Additional comments:

Source eds note that they were unable to trace any published poem by Horne entitled 'Orpheus' and containing these line, suggesting that 'it was, perhaps, sent to EBB in manuscript' (see p.30 n.1).



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