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. She uses irony to emphasize that love overpowers everything. Browning starts the poem with “How do I love thee” (Browning). Ironically, she answers the very question she presents the reader by describing her love and the extent to which she loves (Kelly 244). The ironic question proposes a challenge to the reader.
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.
The poem expresses Elizabeth 's intense love for her soon-to-be husband, Robert Browning. The opening of the poem is said to be" burrowed into our national subconscious while the rest of the poem has somehow wandered away, gotten itself lost "(Kelly p1) The critic is saying that people are fascinated with the thoughts of love of the poet, but not what she lists about Robert Browning. In the first octave, Elizabeth describes her love for Browning as being spiritual, aspiring towards God. She then describes her love as earthly, a love that enriches life. The uses repetition saying How Do I Love Thee but she measures every part of her love using words such as " "depth," "breadth" and "height"--but it is a measure of the self, of who the woman-poet is and will be, and how can be valued."
The Essence of a Love Poem What is a love poem? Many believe that a love poem is supposed to be sweet and romantic. That is the basic tone of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “How Do I Love Thee?” However, William Shakespeare’s “My mistress‘ eyes are nothing like the sun” takes a much different approach to the typical love poem. Both poems are noticeably love poems, but they respond to the ideal in different ways. Browning describes her love as enormous and wonderful, but it is somewhat too ideal, to the point of being unrealistic.
", may at first seem vague, but with a more thorough approach the reader can gain new insight into Browning's purpose. Browning uses her unique style and word choice to spice the poem and give it flavour, while the sonnet format keeps the poem simple. Browning proved her excellence and innovativeness as an author, in the multi dimensions of "How Do I love Thee?". Rossetti's heart-touching 'Remember' filled with eupimism portrays the strong passionate love one has for her lover which would carry on even after death. Rossetti's religious approach to this sonnet gives it an almost heavenly feel adding to the fervent love one has for her lover.
It is clear that Marvell does not have enough time to love the lady properly, and the language and structure of the poem creates an overall humorous and fun attitude towards love. ‘Sonnet,’ however, uses a structure and vocabulary that explores the unconditional great depth of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s true love. It is apparent in the sonnet that she has all the time in the world for her husband. As a result, ‘Sonnet’ has a more serious, religious and romantic attitude towards love compared to fun ‘To His Coy Mistress.’
The first line of the poem highlights the persona’s intent to discuss ways in which she loves her husband or lover. Moreover, in the poem, Browning distinguishes her intense feeling of love in an unlimited way that breaks from social restrictions, “Tis universal truth perceived in emotion” (Neri 61). She confesses about her feelings of admiration according to the ideals of the Romanticism movement, which requires one to expressing authentic personal feelings creatively and imaginatively without being bound by the societal norms. Romanticism era broke from the assumptions of social control and embraced self’s importance, “I know my own heart, and understand my fellow man” (James, Lawall, and Lee 487). For example, in the last line of the poem
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.
Her marriage to Robert browning gave her a greater boost to continue molding more beautiful love sonnets, one of the most famous being," how do I love thee." she had a beautiful lasting marriage and based most of her love poems on her own love. This poem is about deeply analyzing how a woman loves her husband. She brings out through this poem the depth, breadth and height of her intense love. She describes the ideal grace achieved in love and its lasting results.
Straying away from the dazzling rhetoric, this Shakespearean poem projects a humane and friendly impression and elicits laughter while expressing a truer love. A Petrarchan sonnet states that love must never change; this poem offers a more genuine expression of love by describing a natural woman. People often want to ensure that they are loved and often demand to know why they are loved. When one is asked a question like "Why do you love me?" one should think about how to answer for a good while.