September 18, 2009

I Had Been Hungry All The Years

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--Description: 19th C, Browning E.B., Desire, Disillusion, Envy--

I had been hungry all the years-
My noon had come, to dine-
I, trembling, drew the table near
And touched the curious wine.

'Twas this on tables I had seen
When turning, hungry, lone,
I looked in windows, for the wealth
I could not hope to own.

I did not know the ample bread,
'T was so unlike the crumb
The birds and I had often shared
In Nature's dining-room.

The plenty hurt me, 't was so new,--
Myself felt ill and odd,
As berry of a mountain bush
Transplanted to the road.

Nor was I hungry; so I found
That hunger was a way
Of persons outside windows,
The entering takes away.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

--Did You Know: (March 6, 1806 – June 29, 1861) Browning was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. Browning published many poems in her lifetime, and many more were published by her husband after her death. Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett was born on March 6, 1806, in Coxhoe Hall, England. Her parents were Edward Barrett Moulton Barrett and Mary Graham-Clarke; she was the eldest of their 12 children (eight boys and four girls). All the children in her family had nicknames: Elizabeth's was `Ba`. The Barrett family, who were part Creole, had lived for centuries in Jamaica, where they owned sugar plantations and relied on slave labour. Elizabeth's father chose to raise his family in England while his fortune grew in Jamaica. The Graham-Clarke family was as wealthy as the Barretts family wealth. After the third child Henrietta was born, Edward bought Hope End, a 500-acre (2.0 km2) estate near the Malvern Hills in Ledbury, Herefordshire. Elizabeth had "a large room to herself, with stained glass in the window, and she loved the garden where she tended white roses in a special arbour by the south wall. Elizabeth was educated at home, and attended lessons with her brother's tutor. This gave her a good education for a girl of that time, and she is said to have read passages from Paradise Lost and a number of Shakespearean plays, among other works, before the age of ten. During the Hope End period she was "a shy, intensely studious, precocious child, yet cheerful, affectionate and lovable".

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Hampers on September 19, 2009 at 12:48 AM said...

Nice blog with nice picture and wonderful poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It was nice going through your blog.

V. Mahfood on September 19, 2009 at 9:33 AM said...

Glad you enjoy the blog. It's for relaxation and something to brighten the day. I love the theme here of "the grass is always greener on the other side." This is such a human trait. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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