Love And Love In Elizabeth Barret Browning's Sonnet 43

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“LOVE” is a simple four letter word, yet it is popular among poets in the early days. Love can be manipulated in various ways to convey a message. Elizabeth Barret Browning was an English poet of the Victorian era. She came up with a magnificent poem, Sonnet 43. The poem does not specify the “thee” used in its lines. I assume Browning wrote this poem to her beloved husband, who was a great admirer of her poetry. In this poem, Browning claims her unconditional love for her husband to be highly spiritual just like the spiritual love which she had for God. She embraces the spirituality of her love throughout the poem by answering her question in her first line “How do I love thee?”(Browning 594). The poem was fashioned in a standard sonnet form. It was written using iambic pentameter. It has ten syllables which consist of 5 pairs of unstressed and stresses syllables. To enhance the critical thinking of the reader, Browning creates enjambments at several places in the 14 lines poem. The lines also has a rhyme scheme which goes by ‘abbaabbacdcdcd’. This makes it a Petrarchan(Italian) form of sonnet which starts with the octave portion and follows with the sestet. The rhyme stays the same for the first eight lines and changes in the last five. The first eight lines seems to be focusing on her true, deep and unconditional love. However, the words she used in describing her love is all very spiritual, such as soul, freely and purely. She uses these words to strengthen her point
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