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Presenting Aspects of Love Within Romeo and Juliet, Sonnet 116 and Sonnet 43. Essay

  • Submitted by: shannonelliott
  • on February 23, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,467 words

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THIS ESSAY WAS NOT 100% COMPLETED WHEN I WAS MADE TO UPLOAD THIS BY THE SITE SO ONLY SHOWS THE LANGUAGE, CONTEXT, THEMES AND STRUCTURE WITHIN EACH PIECE OF LITERATURE WITH NO COMPARISONS.


SONNET 43
‘Sonnet 43’ is a romantic poem, written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. In the poem she is trying to describe the abstract feeling of love by measuring how much her love means to her. The poet starts of by saying “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” by which she starts off with a rhetorical question, because there is no ‘reason’ for love. Rather than using “why” she enforces this meaning. But then she goes on saying that she will count the ways, which is a contradiction against her first line. In the second line she says “I love thee to the depth & breath & height” using normal measurements for something that cannot be measured. This is a spatial metaphor. By using that she is showing how much she actually loves this man, and continues to express her love throughout the sonnet. With this poem being a sonnet you see that it obeys the rule and has 14 lines where the first twelve are unrhymed iambic pentameter and the two last usually have a broader meaning than the rest of the sonnet, otherwise known as a rhyming couplet. In the final lines she has achieved this by bringing up the subject of the afterlife – “and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death”. In the sonnet, Barrett Browning repeats “I love thee” over and over again rather than using different words for love. This is to enforce the already existing knowledge about the strength of her love, and that what she feels is love, nothing more and nothing less. This is also called anaphora, and with that being used within the Bible it makes seem like her poem is a prayer. This links to the religious language used within the sonnet itself, in Elizabeth’s eyes her love is like her religion, and is unconditional like the ideal of religious faith. Also, by repeating it she is enforcing it on the...

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