Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Casa Guidi Windows

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  • Mary Pollock

Elizabeth Barrett Browning began gathering material for Casa Guidi Windows, her two-part poem about the Italian struggle to end Austrian domination, on September 12, 1847, her first wedding anniversary and the end of her first year in Italy with Robert Browning. Part One is a commentary on the hopeful early events in the Risorgimento, her adopted country’s struggle for political autonomy and unification. Part Two, written two or three years later, records Barrett Browning’s recognition that the Risorgimento will in fact be painful and protracted, and that the results are uncertain. Her eye-witness view of history – literally from the windows of Casa Guidi, her new home in Florence near the Pitti Palace – is announced in …

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Pollock, Mary. "Casa Guidi Windows". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 June 2004
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