Sonnet 43 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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  • Sonnet 43 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Key Quotes
      • 'How do I love thee?'
        • Direct and personal question. However without direct address makes it universal.
      • 'Let me count the ways.'
        • As the poem progresses it explores how. Sounds methodical and intense.
      • 'Depth and breath and height'
        • Shows the scale of her love. shows her excitement and passion.
      • 'Smiles, tears'
        • Mixture of positive and negative emotions. Shows she loves him with everything she has.
      • 'I shall but love thee better after death'
        • Love is presented as eternal, and that it will outlive both their lives on Earth.
    • Context
      • She was married to poet and playwriter Robert Browning.
      • Private expression of her love for him.
      • Their relationship was a secret at first.
      • Conveys a more spiritual and devotional love.
    • Themes
      • Love and Relationship
        • Hyperbolic expression, sense of vastness to contrast with the intimate nature.
        • Love on both a large scale and a small scale.
        • Mixes positive and negative emotions. Contribute to her love.
        • Feelings and experiences are what make her devotion so strong.
      • Faith and worship
        • Shows that her faith is important to her.
        • Religious faith comes naturally to her. It impacts how she thinks and her devotion to her love.
        • The link between religious faith and romantic love makes them seem similar.
        • She hopes that God will support their love.
    • Links to other poems
      • The Manhunt
      • She walks in beauty
        • Also
        • Strict , regular form.
      • Cozy Apologia
      • Valentine
      • A Wife in London
      • Afternoons
      • The Soldier
      • Living Space
      • Hawk Roosting
        • A first person voice reveals the narrator feelings or emotions.
      • To Autumn
      • The Prelude
        • A first person voice reveals the narrators feelings or emotions.


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