Sonnet 43 - Elizabeth Browning

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  • Created on: 11-04-19 16:42
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  • Sonnet 43
    • Elizabeth Browning
    • Structure & Form
      • Uses 14 lines (Sonnet)
        • Originated in Sicily and is typically used in a love poem
      • Uses Iambic Pentameter
        • Normally found in love poems and represents human emotion
    • Context
      • Robert Browning
        • Husband to Elizabeth
        • Major influence in her work
        • Sonnet 43 is addressed to him
      • Elizabeth Browning
        • A prominent Victorian Poet
        • Suffered from a lifelong illness
        • wrote 44 sonnets personal to her - which sonnet 43 is part of
        • Was lonely until she met her husband at age 40
    • Beginning
      • 'How do I love thee?'
        • Question and answer structure is established with the rhetorical question (an example of hypophora)
      • 'I love thee to the depth and breadth and height/My soul can reach'
        • a systematic field of measurement demonstrates how she is trying to measure her love.  With the personification of her soul making it sound painful
    • Middle
      • 'I love thee ...'
        • Repetition suggest weakness in communication as the speaker is limited in total in the terms of communication because she is overwhelmed by her love
    • End
      • 'With my lost saints'
        • Refers to the people she has lost in her her life.  Also suggest hope and optimism that they will return and meet her again
      • 'if God choose,/I shall but love thee better after death.'
        • The subordinating conjunction 'if' suggest possibility and dependency showing that God has the final say in their relationship
        • The adjective 'better' suggest that her love will strengthen even more when they reunite in heaven - showing eternal love

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