From Austere Evangelicalism to Evangelical Humanitarianism : A Study of E B Browning’s Religious Poetry

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  • Madhu D Singh Associate Professor Dept of English SGRR PG College Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Abstract

E B Browning (1806-1861), one of the most popular poets of Victorian age, was a prolific writer whose works are characterized by a rich variety of themes such as love, art, politics, religion and nature .Her magnum opus Aurora Leigh is a verse novel  divided into nine books. A large number of E B Browning’s poems are based on the theme of religion as she considered religion to be the soul  of poetry.  A close look at her religious poetry reveals that  there is a slow but distinct shift from strict Evangelicalism to a more liberal  and  humanized Evangelicalism in her poems based on the theme of religion. If in her Early Poems (1820-33) and Seraphim (1838)   there is a stultifying self- consciousness to christianise English poetry, her later work Aurora Leigh (1856) illustrates her broadened vision of religion.           

            In the Preface to Seraphim and Other Poems (1833) E.B. Browning wrote: “   ‘An  irreligious poet’ says Burns, meaning an unemotional one,’ is a monster'. An irreligious poet, he might have said, is no poet at all." ( Poetical Works 80 ) This clearly indicates  that E.B. Browning held all poetry essentially religious; she thought that the gravitation of all poetry was upwards. She did not even consider the need of defending her religious poetry because she firmly believed that religion was a most apt theme for poetry.

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Published

2019-07-28

How to Cite

Singh, M. . . D. (2019). From Austere Evangelicalism to Evangelical Humanitarianism : A Study of E B Browning’s Religious Poetry. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(7), 13. Retrieved from https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/9229