Friday, June 15, 2007


I have sought for years to combine sound and sight in webweaving (for writing is our older technology, recording sound as sight). Now this use of sound is possible with an IPod and MP3 files. So I have been reading the work of our English Cemetery's great poet laureate, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and will next read those of her two companions and rivals, Walter Savage Landor and Arthur Hugh Clough, also buried here. The Elizabeth Barrett Browning readings are at
for her sonnet on 'Hiram Powers' Greek Slave' (Hiram Powers is also buried here) and the Sonnets from the Portuguese
and at
for The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point.
Her poetry about Florence is discussed and given in these files:
I recommend listening to these with the essay at, etc., with texts and images. I plan next to record her sprightly Lady Geraldine's Courtship, in which she had proposed to Robert, and the nine-book epic/novel, Aurora Leigh.

We are now at 1366 signatures on the web at,
'That the Swiss-owned, so-called 'English' Cemetery in Florence be kept open, be restored and be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site', and with 3471 signatures in-house from our visitors, for a total of 4837 signatures. We have decided to keep them coming.

If you wish to donate to the Aureo Anello Association for the restoration of the 'English' Cemetery you can do so by a cheque made out to 'Aureo Anello' and posted to 'English' Cemetery, Piazzale Donatello 38, 50132 Florence, Italy; or through the Pay Pal 'Donate' button below, which can also be used for the CDs, for the hand-bound limited edition books or for the sculptures of Elizabeth and Robert's 'Clasped Hands' or tondos with their portraits (Amalia Ciardi Duprè's sculpture can also be found at, or some or all of these.

Julia Bolton Holloway
Aureo Anello Association for the Library and Cemetery
Piazzale Donatello, 38

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