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Google honours Victorian poet

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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Herefordshire poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning has had her 208th birthday celebrated with a 'Google Doodle'.

The poet known for her sonnet, "How do I love thee?" was once so famous that her dog, Flush, was given a biography of his own by Virginia Woolf.

She grew up near Ledbury, which inspired her in later life to write the novel/poem Aurora Leigh. Admired by Tennyson, Wordsworth and Coleridge, she married Robert Browning after an affair. When her father disinherited her and her brothers rejected her, they moved to Italy and she is remembered each year at Ledbury's poetry festival.

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