George Sand: French Feminist, Novelist, Most Famous for Her Inamorato

 

Today's the birthday of George Sand.
Despite the name, she was no man.*
A novelist in much demand,
Especially by  Frederic Chopin.

*TO GEORGE SAND.

A RECOGNITION.

True genius, but true woman! dost deny

The woman's nature with a manly scorn,

And break away the gauds and armlets worn

By weaker women in captivity?

Ah, vain denial! that revolted cry

Is sobbed in by a woman's voice forlorn,-

Thy woman's hair, my sister, all unshorn

Floats back disheveled strength in agony,

Disproving thy man's name: and while before

The world thou burnest in a poet-fire,

We see thy woman-heart beat evermore

Through the large flame. Beat purer, heart, and higher,

Till God unsex thee on the heavenly shore

Where unincarnate spirits purely aspire.  [Elizabeth Barrett Browning]

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