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Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning The main ideas of Elizabeth Barrett Brownings poetic works changed constantly during her life due to significant events occuring Spirituality was the main focus of Barretts writing from 1838 until 1844 Poetry became such a large part of her life due to a spinal injury in 1821 which left her relying on opium for a long period of time As well as the ill-manners of her health Barrett experienced the tragic death of her brother due to drowning in the year of 1838 These significant events left Barrett in a state of emotional turmoil She found herself unable to live in the world of reality For four years she seperated herself from reality by locking herself in a bedroom During this time the only persons she conversed with was her family and one or two close friends It was during this period that poetry became such a signifacant part of Barretts life She began to write about Jesus Angels and other significant biblical characters In the poem The Seraphim two angels stand outside the Garden of Eden It is there they describe and praise God for his awesome splendor and majesty Of earth the God-created and God praised In hour of birth Where everynight the moon in light Doth lead waters silver faced Where every day the sun doth lay A rapture to the heart of all The leafy and reeded pastoral As if the joyous shout which burst From angel lips to see him first Had left a silent echo in his ray The Seraphim 1838 The poem is a deep reflection of what Barrett feels inside at this time in her life She is depressed lonely and full of agony because of all the aweful things which are happening so she turns to spirituality She looks to God for renewal and strength expressing his awesomeness in her poems as she does here when describing
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