Posted on February 15, 2021 at 2:23 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Right now, it seems like if the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t keeping you at home and away from other folks, the winter weather is making sure you feel good and trapped.

Unsurprisingly, one suggested escape is literary in nature — but not so much the writing itself as the the writer.

Fiona Sampson, a biographer of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, suggests that the famous poet’s experience as a chronically ill person could teach us valuable lessons in how to cope with isolation.

In a way, Sampson asserts in her essay in the Guardian, Browning was the first to create a virtual persona, being as necessarily reclusive as she was.

Head over to the Guardian for more on how Browning's isolation can help us during a lockdown.

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