These expressions come in many forms. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 is debatably one of the best love poems of all time. The poet used the Petrarchan sonnet form to achieve its purpose of revealing her endless and undying love for her husband, Robert Browning. Barrett Browning attempted to quantify and define her love throughout this poem, by use of repetition, rhythm, and iambic pentameter. It is interesting to note that, this poem could be regarded as gender-neutral, without prior knowledge of the poet’s gender.
In her poems, she writes about love based on her relationship with her husband – a relationship shared by a pure, passionate love. Browning centers her life and happiness around her husband and her love for him. This life and pure happiness is dependent on their love, and she expresses this outpouring and reliance of her love through her poetry. She uses imaginative literary devices to strengthen her argument for the necessity of love in one’s life. The necessity of love is a major theme in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Sonnet 43” and “Sonnet 29.” Browning’s “Sonnet 43” vividly depicts the human dependency of love.
Love should be from the heart and not from the mind unlike John Clare ‘First Love’. I have also noticed that love has a spiritual and physical meaning. It is also divine as to Christina Walsh and Elizabeth Browning. Through ‘First Love’ I would be aware of the beauty of women around the world but not let loose of my self and if failed not to give up all hopes like John Clare. The emotions love in these poems has given me a different insight on love.
Romanticism poets embraced freedom of expressions, the liberty to love, and anticipated for individual originality to embody personal aspirations without being obstructed by the society (James, Lawall, and Lee 489). For example, Browning used the romanticism ideologies to express her individual feelings from a poetic perspective. “How Do I Love Thee?” is a poem that exaggerates the individual feelings of a persona towards her subject. The main theme of the poem is love even after death. The first line of the poem highlights the persona’s intent to discuss ways in which she loves her husband or lover.
For example in the last line she says ‘I shall but love thee better after death’ Barrett Browning uses the hyperbole to show romantic love. The love is so strong in this poem it can almost become unrequited love as she almost idolizes this person. Barrett Browning tries to measure her love for this man. The use of repetition of ‘I love thee’ may give a tedious tone to this poem but it really emphasizes her point. As her love in this poem is so large to explain she compares it to situations showing strength or other emotions such as joy, but even sadness is involved from the reference of tears.
Lord Byron's “She Walks in Beauty” is dedicated to conveying love through the use of metaphors. Keats' poem, “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” on the other hand, tells a story about how love can be deceiving. Despite their differences, these poems have similarities as well. They each have three parts that progress a story along through the use of literary techniques. Each poem was also written in the early 1800's.
Repetition of how she would love thee is a constant reminder in her poem. However, the reader will quickly realize it is not the quantity of love, but its quality of love; this is what gives the poem its power. For example she says, “I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.” She is expressing how and what she would love with, and after death her love only grows stronger. Metaphors that the poet use spreads throughout the poem expressing the poets love for her significant other. How Do I Love Thee is a fourteen-line rhymed lyric poem, and is written in iambic pentameter.
The poems “Sonnet 43” and “First Love” by Elizabeth Barret Browning and John Clare respectively, are both based on love, however, the two poems demonstrate different sentiments and experiences in their representations. One poet depicts an impassioned, amorous love, whilst the other describes unrequited love with a gentle beginning but acerbic end. Browning uses contrasts, structure and imagery to accentuate the passion she feels towards her husband, to convey to the reader that her love is genuine, God-given and everlasting. In ‘First Love’, John Clare expresses the persona’s journey of experiencing love for the first time, using imagery, tone and structure to silhouette its innocent nature and to convey the persona’s thought progression during the bittersweet journey of unreciprocated love. “Sonnet 43” is a Petrarchan sonnet that exemplifies the intensity of Browning’s love.
The sonnet is also concluded by a metaphorical rhyming couplet. "So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee" evidently shows that the sonnet is meant to preserve the beauty of the youn... ... middle of paper ... ... be seen that powerful and concentrated language was used several times in both poems. The language techniques such as imagery, personification, and metaphors which create an image for the reader and give them an understanding about the poem. They also express the poets intentions and feelings about their love for their loved ones. Shakespeare's "sonnet 18" used various language techniques and strong language to exaggerate the comparison of his beloved to a summers day and also sustain his beauty.
A flame of passion is contained within the heart, yet is love contained in a mere flame of passion? This timeless saying embodies the ultimate declaration of love written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. “How Do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways” is a poem bathed in rhyme and inundated in sentimental avowals. This sonnet shows the perpetual love that Browning shares with her husband and how that love can never be destroyed by any power of human or spiritual nature (Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s: Sonnet 45).