The poems “To My Dear and Loving Husband” written by Anne Bradstreet and “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning are both poems about unconditional love and adoration. Even though these women had hardship and trying times in their own lives they were still able to construct these highly regarded poems of genuine love. When comparing and contrasting these two poems I find that one is written to a specific person while the other is to an unidentified loved one, each poet uses imagery and symbolism differently to convey their meaning, and both share true devoted commitment to their loved one. On one hand, both poems are similar as they both are written about someone they love completely.
Jane perfectly fits the criteria of a confidante because she is optimistic and sanguine, in which she can provide Elizabeth a different, more positive, approach to her problems. The author uses Jane Bennet to portray a paradigm of a young lady in England during that time period, where marriages depended on money and family relations; she is a counterexample of Elizabeth because Elizabeth is more rebellious and against the status quo of the time period, whereas Jane would gladly fulfill her parents’ decisions for her. Although she might not be aware of it, Jane actually proves to be remarkably essential in Elizabeth’s engaging with Mr. Darcy; whenever Jane and Mr. Bingley are together Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have an opportunity to converse and, ultimately, fall in love with each other. Elizabeth seems to be a more realistic character than her benevolent sister, Jane. Elizabeth is able to scrutinize and recognize that people are definitely deceiving and limited.
Finally, her judgment... ... middle of paper ... ...ves; and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband, as it had once been to Willoughby.” (203.III. XIV) Marianne is not a perfect character, but her emotions and spirit add a depth and realness that jumps off the page. Her ethical code of values allows her find balance and saves her from tragedy. It is Marianne’s conversion in Sense and Sensibility that holds the novel together and where the lesson lies. The romantic appeal of Marianne as a heroine is strong; readers must ascertain a balance of sense and sensibility along side Marianne.
One way that she shows her feelings on matrimony is by using Elizabeth’s voice as her own to approve of some characters decisions about marriage. Elizabeth’s approval of certain characters shows Austen’s approval, and in this case, Elizabeth approves of the marriage between Jane and Bingley. Jane and Bingley show throughout the novel their genuine affection for one another, and Elizabeth observes about Bingley’s affection for Jane, "I never saw a more promising inclination. He was growing quite inattentive to other people, and wholly engrossed by her… Is not general incivility the very essence of love?" (106). Mrs. Bennett approves of the match mostly on a monetary basis, and exclaims, "Why, he has four or five thousand a year, and very likely more.
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.
“Poryphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning and “[My mistresses’s eyes are nothing like the sun]” by William Shakespeare are poems that deal with the theme of love. Each of the narrators love their significant others. Even though the narrators and the women are in a completely separate social classes, they love each other unconditionally. Browning and Shakespeare portray the connection between the lovers by using many literary devices such as: situational irony, descriptions, tone, and mood. The poems are similar in the way that the narrator is madly in love with the women, but different in the way which the narrators choose to reveal their unrestricted love.
“If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.” (qtd. in Elizabeth Browning). Elizabeth Barrett Browning had strong faith in her ability to love someone and write great love poetry. She is most remembered for her Sonnets from the Portuguese. Elizabeth opened the door for many future women become great literary authors.
Bronte essentially gives Heathcliff and Catherine a rebirth when she introduces the parallel characters of Cathy and Hareton, who embody the positive characteristics of the previous lover’s. That being said they are devoid of the passion that is the driving force of the entire novel. Through careful analysis, Bronte’s personal life could be seen as one of the many reasons why she preferred the passionate relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine. In addition, after decoding the ending we can understand who Bronte wishes to reward, even if this may be through death. I thus content that Bronte has written one of the greatest novels of romance in all of time; a novel free from the bounds placed by society and a novel that is the epitome of love.
The Poem Annabel Lee, written by Edgar Allan Poe, told a tale of love. In this romantic poem the narrator emanates feelings of passion, and overwhelming joy when he speaks of his beloved, Annabel Lee. Although the poem expresses the sorrow of Annabel’s demise, it accentuates the bond between the two characters, so much so that death could not break their eternal love for one another (Poe, 494; 495). Many literary devices were apparent in Poe’s poem Annabel lee. One of which being Rhythm, Poe creates reading that flows, one that is constantly reusing similar sounds to interpret the beauty of the love between the two characters.
", 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.