Sonnet 29 - I Think of Thee!

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  • Sonnet 29 - I think of thee!
    • Written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
      • Written for Robert Barrett Browining
        • Her secret lover
          • Her father didn't want her to marry so instead tried to keep them from each other
            • They ran away together
      • She was famous in the UK and the US for her poems
      • 1806-1861
    • The narrator addresses the subject personally
      • Makes it more personal
    • The narrator is thinking about her lover
      • Only when he's not around
      • But she hopes her thoughts won't over-hype the reality
    • Form
      • Sonnet
        • 14 lines
        • Usually about love
        • Used in Petrarchan form
          • 8 lines
            • Octave
              • Presenting a problem
            • Followed by 6 lines
              • Sestet
                • Presents a solution
                  • However the solution comes early
                    • In the middle of line 7
                      • This represents her impatience to see him
                        • "Rather, instantly"
    • Structure
      • The transition from the problem to the solution represents the difference between thinking and being with her lover
        • This is emphasised by the reversal of the first and last lines of the poem
          • "I do not think of thee"
    • Language
      • Extended metaphor
        • Her lover is a tree
          • She wants her lover to be a strong, permanent part of her life
        • She is vines wrapping around him
        • Her thoughts are constantly growing
          • Wild
      • The use of "!" shows the joy that she gets from thinking about him
      • Plosive sounds/ dynamic verbs
        • Shows how much she wants to be with him
        • "Burst, shattered, everywhere"
  • Compare with
    • Romantic love - longing
      • Love's Philosophy
      • Porphyria's Lover
      • The Farmer's Bride
    • Romantic love - fulfillment
      • Porphyria's Lover
      • Winter Swans
      • Singh Song!
    • Distance
      • When We Two Parted
      • Neutral Tones
      • The Farmer's Bride
      • Walking Away
      • Letters From Yorkshire
      • Eden Rock
      • Mother, any distance
      • Winter Swans
    • Desire and longing
      • Love's Philosophy
      • Porphyria's Lover
      • The Farmer's Bride
      • Letters From Yorkshire
      • Follower
      • Before You Mine
    • Nature
      • Love's Philosophy
      • Neutral Tones
      • The Farmer's Bride
      • Letter's From Yorkshire
      • Follower
      • Winter Swans
      • Climbing My Grandfather
  • Thoughts and feelings
    • Longing
      • She wants to be with her lover and not just think about him
    • Intensity
      • Her lover is constantly on her mind
        • When they're apart
    • Celebration
      • She enjoys her thoughts
      • She celebrates the idea of him coming into her life

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