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Record 891

Reading Experience:

I finished the Endymion today. I do not admire it as a fine poem; but I do admire many passages of it, as being very fine poetry. As a whole, it is cumbrous & unwieldy. You don?t know where to put it. Your imagination is confused by it: & your feelings uninterested. And yet a poet wrote it. When I had done with Keats, I took up Theophrastus. Theophrastus has a great deal of vivacity, & power of portraiture about him; & uplifts that veil of distance ? veiling the old Greeks with such sublime mistiness; & shows you how they used to spit & take physic & wear nailed shoes tout comme un autre?Theophrastus does me no good just now: & as I can?t laugh with him, I shall be glad when I have done hearing him laugh.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 19 Aug 1831
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ledbury
specific address: Hope End
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: Gentry
Occupation: Poet
Religion: Evangelical Anglican
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: John Keats
Title: Endymion
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 891  
Source - Print  
  Author: Elizabeth Barrett
  Editor: Elizabeth Berridge
  Title: The Barretts at Hope End: The Early Diary of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 142
  Additional comments: Diary entry for 19 August 1831

Citation: Elizabeth Barrett, Elizabeth Berridge (ed.), The Barretts at Hope End: The Early Diary of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (London, 1974), p. 142,, accessed: 02 March 2024

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