The poet who penned one of the most popular love sonnets in the English language died in Florence on June 29th 1861. Elizabeth Barrett Browning is buried in the city's 'English' Cemetery, which, in the month of April, is awash with irises.
Her tomb was designed by the English artist Lord Leighton and created by the Italian sculptor Francesco Giovannozzi. In 1846 Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett (1806-61), then forty-years old, eloped with Robert Browning, a fellow poet, who was six years her junior. The couple honeymooned in Paris before settling (after a brief sojourn in Pisa) in Florence, where they lived until her death in 1861
Robert Browning left the city a month later. Although he lived for another twenty-eight years, dying in Venice in 1889, he never returned to Florence.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's tomb doesn't bear her name, only her initials. There is no inscription, there are no lines from her verse, and the rather beautiful relief of the woman's head, with its coronal of laurel leaves, represents not the poet, but an idealised image of Poetry.