Friday, March 5, 2021
How Do I Love Thee?
So why did Elizabeth's father want to stop his bloodline? Well, according to one scholar, Julia Markus, in her book Dared and Done, It might be because either her grandfather or gear grandfather has a child with a Jamaican slave. Either he was such a racist that he did not want his bloodline tainted or, being an abolitionist, he was ashamed of his white bloodline and wished to end it.
Either way, it was the reason for Elizabeth and Robert's secrecy. Her father never forgave her for running off and getting married and having a child. She wrote to him often and he always returned her letters unopened.
Here is a reading comprehension practice for her poem "How Do I Love Thee?"