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.
Both delve into delusions of grandeur concerning the poems' subjects. Yet, Browning's poem is decidedly dramatic and Auden's tends to be everyday with his metaphors. In death, the narrators opposing views become more evident as Browning's puts her faith in God, while Auden's mourns her lover. Both poems are about the love each narrator feels, and both strive to express how intense this love is. Yet, each author comes from a different angle with the hope of explaining this love.
She wants her husband to remember her even when she is not ar... ... middle of paper ... ...s and what they want from women and with this we get a pretty clear idea of the Duke. In conclusion I would say that love can be of many types and it can lead to so many positive sides and negative sides. Love can also be interrupted by death, jealousy. From Christina Walsh’s poem ‘A Woman To Her Lover’, I have learnt that love should not only be service, worship, physical desires, but there is more to it. Love should be from the heart and not from the mind unlike John Clare ‘First Love’.
Departing from a lover might often seem painful; yet, it is precisely with the departures that one learns about the nature of true love. In the poem “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” John Donne offers a beautiful insight into this subject. As he consoles his wife by asserting that their love is everlasting, the poet develops a theme that unifies the poem and allows the reader to identify his intention. The theme, therefore, is especially important as it serves as a central point around which all the other elements are structured. As John Donne explores the nature of unconditional love, he employs metaphors, symbolism, and tone as the three main elements that reinforce the theme and contribute to creating a poem that both moves and connects to the reader.
", 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.
By using references of her grief or her losses, Browning creates a more realistic view of her love suggesting that her love is sincere as it comes from a grieved person, which differs to the positive and idealistic feelings portray in the first octave. The poet then talks about her fondness of her love, revealing that her she lives for her love “ I love thee with the breath, / smiles, tears, of all my life;” (line 12-13), the asyndetic listings of the verbs ‘breath’, ‘smiles’ and ‘tears’, implying that her love can stem from different emotions she feels such as happiness and sadness, suggesting to her beloved that her love comes from good and sad points of her life. Elizabeth Browning ends the poem with a religious idea of her love “ and, If God choose, / I shall but love thee better after death” (line 13-14). The use of superlative adjective ‘better’, suggest her endless love she has for her beloved, and only death could make it better as then it would be immortal and continue in the
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 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.
This poem is linked to love and loss, and has got all the sweet memories of falling in love for the first time and all the pain for losing it at the same time. "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Browning is about a woman analyzing how she loves her husband immeasurably. This was her last poem probably written for her husband. "A Birthday" by Christina Rossetti is a blissful poem about n... ... middle of paper ... ...'They spoke as chords do from the string" All the poems bring out the essence of love, but they might lack some elements.
This repetition makes the poem appear to read faster, adding to the feel of Barrett Browning desperately professing her undying love to fiancé, Robert Browning. However, in line ten, the rhythm seems to slow, as if the poet is not as desperate to show her love but rather, is attempting to reinforce what she has claimed. The last line reads slowest, an effective stylistic choice, as it allows the reader to reflect on what was said and permits Barrett Browning one last poignant statement: that she will love Robert Browning “better after death,” or eternally. Additionally, the poem uses iambic pentameter, where every second syllable is stressed. Interestingly every mention of the word “love” occurs on the stressed syllable.