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Elizabeth Barrett Browning Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806 in County Durham, England. She was the eldest of twelve children born to Edward Barrett Moulin Barrett and Mary Graham Clarke. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, or "Ba", grew up in her family's estate Hope End, Henfordshire. They were a part of the upper-middle class, owning a successful sugar trade. Elizabeth began writing at a very young age. After she was twelve her father had her first epic poem "The Battle of Marathon" privately printed (Radley 15). She referred to the job as "Pope's Homer performed again, or rather undone" (28). Her journal at this time in her life offered glimpses in her perceptive and expressive writing style. Three decades after she became continuously ill. A physician diagnosed her with a "nervous disorder" and gave her opium to ease her mind. She turned into a habitual user of opium throughout her entire life (17). In 1825 she published her first poem known as "The Rose and Zephyr". It had been published in the November 19th issue of the "Literary Gazette". Two years after her father's company took a turn for the worse. The family was forced to go from the Hope End property and to Sidmouth, Devonshire. During this period of financial problem Elizabeth's mother suddenly died. Elizabeth became her father's close friend and confidant. He depended on Elizabeth a great thing. He forbade his daughter to wed because he depended on her . In the years following her mother's departure, Elizabeth had of her works published. "An Writer a Head with Other Poems", translations of Aeschylus "Prometheus Bound...and Miscellaneous Poems", and The Seraphim and Other Poems were published. The Seraphim was the first work published by Elizabeth in her title. T.. .