Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barratt Browning
Elizabeth (1806-61) was already a famous poet when she met Robert Browning. The poem was written early in their relationship, and published in 1850; they had married in 1846 and gone to live in Italy. She "was initially hesitant to publish the poems, believing they were too personal. However, her husband insisted they were the best sequence of English-language sonnets since Shakespeare's time and urged her to publish them. To offer the couple some privacy, she decided to publish them as if they were translations of foreign sonnets. She initially planned to title the collection Sonnets from the Bosnian, but Robert proposed that she claim their source was Portuguese, probably because of her admiration for Camões and Robert's nickname for her: "my little Portuguese". " (Wikipedia)