To George Sand: A Desire

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 
Thou large-brained woman and large-hearted man,
Self-called George Sand! whose soul, amid the lions
Of thy tumultuous senses, moans defiance
And answers roar for roar, as spirits can:
I would some mild miraculous thunder ran
Above the applauded circus, in appliance
Of thine own nobler nature's strength and science,
Drawing two pinions, white as wings of swan,
From thy strong shoulders, to amaze the place
With holier light! that thou to woman's claim
And man's, mightst join beside the angel's grace
Of a pure genius sanctified from blame
Till child and maiden pressed to thine embrace
To kiss upon thy lips a stainless fame.
 

Poems by This Author

A Musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
What was he doing, the great god Pan
Beloved, my Beloved... (Sonnet 20) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Beloved, my Beloved, when I think
Flush or Faunus by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
You see this dog. It was but yesterday
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
If thou must love me... (Sonnet 14) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
We cannot live, except thus mutually
My Letters! all dead paper... (Sonnet 28) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!
Say over again... (Sonnet 21) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Say over again, and yet once over again
The Face of All the World (Sonnet 7) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The face of all the world is changed, I think
The Sleep by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Of all the thoughts of God that are
The Soul's Expression by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
With stammering lips and insufficient sound
To George Sand: A Recognition by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
True genius, but true woman! dost deny
When our two souls... (Sonnet 22) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
When our two souls stand up erect and strong


Further Reading

Poems about Desire and Wanting
Acts of Mind
by Catherine Barnett
At a Window
by Carl Sandburg
Continuity
by A. R. Ammons
Driven by a Strange Desire
by Mónica de la Torre
El Beso
by Angelina Weld Grimké
For the Man with the Erection Lasting More than Four Hours
by John Hodgen
If There Is Something to Desire, 9, 17, 18
by Vera Pavlova
Monody to the Sound of Zithers
by Kay Boyle
Photographs of the Interiors of Dictators' Houses
by Albert Goldbarth
Reprise
by Deborah Brown
Screening Desire
by R. Zamora Linmark
Tackle Football
by Dan Chiasson
The Forecast
by Michael Dumanis
The Problem of Hands
by Louise Mathias