Sonnet 43 analysis

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Stage 1:
Poem: Sonnet 43
Subject: The eternity of love
Themes: Intense love, comparison of religion and love,
Messages: Love is a powerful force
Stage 2:
Poem: Sonnet 43
Emotions, Love as powerful and all-encompassing -
Moods, Sonnet 43 presents the idea of; the poet's love enables her to reach otherwise impossible extremes:
Feelings: 'I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the
ends of Being and ideal Grace'
As well as the use of lists to imply the comprehension of her love, 'feeling out of sight' tells us that the
speaker sees her love not as something tangible but instinctive or even spiritual.
This portrays to the reader that the idea of love can present as powerful and everyone should
accept love as it is supposed to be.
Deep and lasting love-
The poet uses the strength of spiritual love to emphasise how strongly she feels about her husband.
The strength of this emotion is presented throughout the poem and the need to love her husband
and how strongly she feels for him.
Unselfish love-
The fact that she asks for nothing in return indicates the love they possess together is very special and
this is seen by the reader as all she needs is love for her and her husband. She needs nothing else
and their love is perfect and she doesn't ask for materialistic things because this is all the love she
The poem makes the poet feel her love seems morally and spiritually right.
From the poem, the love is seen as perfect to her and it is just what she needs as this love is
everything she has ever wanted/needed.
Intense and passionate mood-
'I love thee purely'
The use of repetition and religious language builds up this mood and the use of outbursts give the poem
an emotional and less controlled mood. This portrays how the love between her and her husband
makes her feel perfect with the passionate mood yet with the less controlled mood portrays how
uncontrolled their love is.
Stage 3:
Poem: Sonnet 43
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What Assonance
techniques are 'Praise/Faith'
used This is striking because the poem is about defining the perfect love, and yet the poem avoids
And what perfection. Perhaps this is deliberate. Even though the poet finds this love perfect to her yet she
effect do they avoids perfection because not every single love and the poet acknowledge that their love is
Have on the perfectly special.
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Autobiographical - it refers to 'my old griefs'. (Browning had strong disagreements with her parents
and was eventually disinherited.) The passion she applied to these 'griefs' has been applied more
positively to her love, demonstrating that she sees love as a positive, powerful and life-changing force.
Stage 5:
Poem: Sonnet 43
How it makes the Sonnet 43 highlights the many aspects of love and not just the physical side of love that
reader feel? many people believe is about.…read more

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Ghazal' and 'Sonnet 43' both portray different aspects of love.
The Manhunt
'The Manhunt' and 'Sonnet 43' both indicate deep and intense love for their husbands yet they both portray their love
in a different way as they both have different situations to deal with.…read more



Cheers :) Helpful notes on imagery :)

Bethany Cunningham

Thank you! Wow, it has been a long time since I've done this (a year) but I am glad it still helps.

Good luck for your exam!

Paul Dutton

A very helpful guide to these sonnets, very clearly explained and explored.

Bananaexcel 2.0

More quotations could probs make it better, still good though c:

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