Dearest Mae, I have returned from Gatsby’s lavish party in West Egg, and am glad to be back where I belong, in the East. Over these sweltering hot summer days I have kept indoors and came across some beautiful sonnets titled, ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’ by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, and thought you might find them interesting. I did some research on the Victorian era and found that, surprisingly it is not so different to our own society, the themes Barrett-Browning writes about seem to mirror many of our current troubles, and the values encapsulate many of the ones we hold most sacred today, although some differ and it has given me a great insight into Victorian life, including, an idealism and realism of love, gender society and isolation, and death and religion. The sonnets trace Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s raw …show more content…
She openly confesses her love for Robert Browning in Sonnet XLIII pondering “How do I love thee?” Before continuing to launch into an overwhelming exegesis of the bounds of her love for him and finally concludes “If God choose, I shall but love thee better after death” demonstrating the strong belief in religion during the Victorian era as opposed to the worship of material possession we see in society today. She believes that God’s power over the body and soul of a person in death is the only thing that is stronger than the love she exudes for Robert, but she still hopes that her love will only grow in the afterlife as she believes true love lasts forever and never changes in sonnet XIV “Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity” the repetition of love highlights the significance of love to Barrett-Browning and refers the timelessness of love in which she believes, a life after death, she uses this to demonstrate her devotion to love and her belief in faith, which was key to the Victorian
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Holocaust claimed many lives while leaving others to past on their accounts of the horrifying experience. David Olere shared his story through, Destruction of the Jewish People, while Elie Wiesel with his book, Night. Although the two individuals use different methods, the two were similar by introducing the concentration camps, the fire, and the destruction of their god. The most atrocious events were in the concentration camps.
This Elizabethan sonnet by George Gascoigne is a tortured self-confession of one “He” who “looked not upon her.” Gascoigne effectively illustrates the speaker’s paradoxical feelings for a woman through a series of literary devices such as extended metaphors, imagery, and alliteration, developing an easily identifiable conflict between the speaker’s desire for his lover and fear of being hurt again. The first stanza introduces us to the central paradox of the poem: why does the speaker “take no delight” in ranging his eyes “about the gleams” on his lover’s beautiful face? To answer this question, the speaker employs two extended metaphors that vividly illustrate this conundrum.
The sonnet “For That He Looked Not upon Her” , written by english poet George Gascoigne, tells of a story between a man and a woman, and the speaker goes into details about their relationship with each other. The speaker describes his complex relationship with the woman, and using literary devices such as a confusing and conflicting tone, and almost victim-like metaphors, describes his attracted, but yet doubtful attitude towards the woman. The confusing and conflicting tone set within the story helps describe and expand the complex attitudes of the speaker. The speaker’s use of this tone shows how he has conflicted feelings to the woman, as if he wants to chase after her, but he knows that nothing good may come out of it.
The two poems I will be comparing and contrasting in this essay are two of William Shakespeare 's most popular sonnets. Sonnets in chapter 19, 'Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? ', and in chapter 23, 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds, ' of our Literature book. Both of these poems deal with the subject of love but each poem deals with its subject matter in a slightly different way. Each also has a different purpose and audience. In the case of 'Shall I compare thee ' the audience is meant to be the person Shakespeare is writing the sonnet about.
Romanticism was a literary period which emphasized the significance of emotions and individualism over knowledge. Many works were published during this time, including “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant and “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. Each of these explore the topic of death. “The Raven” associates death with grief, while “Thanatopsis” aligns death with nature, which are both strong views towards polar opposites. This proves that “Thanatopsis” is a much more optimistic romantic piece.
African Americans received freedom and citizenship with the ratifications of the 13th amendment and 14th amendment respectively. One of the heroic women of the 1800s was someone named Elizabeth Jennings Graham, from 1830-1901. Elizabeth Jennings was a New York schoolteacher whose 1854 defiance of a streetcar conductors orders to leave his car helped desecrates public transit in New York City. Another person was Fredrick Douglass. Fredrick Douglass was an African American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is bonded with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words,”(Paul Engle). Poetry covers all spectrums of life, whether it encompasses morality, love, death, or finding ones true self. When reading poetry one may stumble across pure brilliance, words so powerful they have the ability challenge the mind. Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman have that such gift, and are nothing short of illustrious.
It has been said that “beauty is pain” and in the case of this poem, it is quite literal. “For That He Looked Not Upon Her” written by George Gascoigne, a sixteenth century poet, is a poem in which the speaker cannot look upon the one he loves so that he will not be trapped by her enhanced beauty and looks. In the form of an English sonnet, the speaker uses miserable diction and visual imagery to tell the readers and his love why he cannot look upon her face. Containing three quatrains and a rhyming couplet at the end, this poem displays a perfect English sonnet using iambic pentameter to make it sound serious and conversational. This is significant because most sonnets are about love and each quatrain, in English sonnets, further the speaker’s
The attitudes to grief over the loss of a loved one are presented in two thoroughly different ways in the two poems of ‘Funeral Blues’ and ‘Remember’. Some differences include the tone towards death as ‘Funeral Blues’ was written with a more mocking, sarcastic tone towards death and grieving the loss of a loved one, (even though it was later interpreted as a genuine expression of grief after the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral” in 1994), whereas ‘Remember’ has a more sincere and heartfelt tone towards death. In addition, ‘Funeral Blues’ is entirely negative towards death not only forbidding themselves from moving on but also forbidding the world from moving on after the tragic passing of the loved one, whilst ‘Remember’ gives the griever
Love and mortality are both present in 'The Great Gatsby ' and 'The Sonnets of the Portuguese ', and
This collection of 50 sonnets is published one year after the death of Nicolls in 1861, his first wife, which gave Meredith time to reflect on what went wrong and assess his feelings towards the eventual estrangement. The very title, “Modern Love” , can be representative of Meredith’s views of love at the time of writing is the opposite of the flawless, romanticised love stories of old; Ergo, the “modern” love ultimately full of hardships. One of which being referenced is the mention in sonnet six of Meredith desperately calling out to his wife, “O bitter barren woman! what 's the name?/The name, the name, the new name thou hast won?” (11-12) wanting to know the name of who she favors over him, and this is in reference to Mary’s eloping with another man.
Elizabeth Browning and Anne Bradstreet both manifested their own intense feelings of love for their husbands in the form of poem. The quote aforementioned was from Elizabeth’s poem “How Do I Love Thee?”. Although Anne Bradstreet also composed a poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband”, in which she expressed her uncontainable feelings of affection for her husband, Elizabeth Browning verified that her love for Robert Browning, her husband, was much stronger through her employment of spiritual comparisons to her love,
In these short poems, the authors utilize particular rhetorical techniques and methods to reflect the speakers’ personality and motivation. Therefore, presenting the speaker becomes the main focus of the authors. In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 and Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess,” both poems reflect the speakers’ traits through monologue, figurative language, and symbolism. However, these two speakers’ personalities are different due to their attitude toward their beloved. The speaker in Sonnet 18 is gentle and delighted but frustrated because the ideal metaphor comparison of summer is not perfect for describing his beloved; the poem thus suggests that the way you love others reflects how you feel about yourself.
He employs several literary devices in this poem which include: simile, hyperbole, satire, imagery and metaphors to create a lasting mental image of his mistress for the readers. The language used in this sonnet is clever and outside of the norm and might require the reader to take a second look. The first 3 Stanzas are used to distinguish his beloved from all the
This theme is basic spirit of all sonnets of him. His treatment of love has something divine quality. “His love is ideal love and surpasses the love of Dante for his Beatrice and the love of Petrarch for his Laura. Nor could Mrs. Browning, in her sonnets, written much later and addressed to her husband, equal Shakespeare’s ardor and fervor.” 5 It is classical