Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 16

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In Sonnet 16, written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the speaker is controlled by emotions and sees herself lowly, while her beloved is noble and is viewed as a worthier person. Through this sonnet, Browning shows that love has immense power. Throughout the poem, Elizabeth uses vivid images and detailed wording to show herself as a lowly, sad human and to show her lover like a higher being. From the first line to the seventh line of Sonnet 16, Elizabeth describes the lover like royalty, calling him “more noble and like a king” that “has” purple cloth (purple was commonly worn by the higher-ups); if he were to conquer her heart, it would make the lover “as lordly …/In lifting upward”. The speaker, on the other hand, creates a lowly image of
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