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Sunday, January 29, 2017

"The Best Thing in the World" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

English poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806 and is believed to have written her first poem at the young age of 6. Unlike many classic poets, Barrett Browning was quite well respected and her works were well received during her lifetime. Among the admirers of her work were Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe; the latter even dedicated a volume of his poems to her in 1845. Perhaps most known for her sonnets and especially the very famous piece, "How Do I Love Thee?", Barrett Browning was a very prolific poet. "The Best Thing in the World" was included in the volume entitled The Complete Poetical Works of Mrs. Browning and was published as a short, 12-line piece of verse. Although there are many sources online which have a version which omits two lines, we have chosen to produce the full poem.

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Announcer: Thomas Lamar
Narrator: Victoria Lynn
Composer: Brandon Boone
Sound Design & Mixing: Andrew Riffenburgh
Photography: skeeze
Producer/Director: J.D. Sutter

Entry on Wikipedia for Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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"The Best Thing in the World" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

What's the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Light, that never makes you wink;
Memory, that gives no pain;
Love, when, so, you're loved again.
What's the best thing in the world?
— Something out of it, I think.

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