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The Elizabeth Barrett Browning Presentation

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Yaa Bema Tutu

on 6 February 2013

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnet 43: How Do I love Thee? Biography Sonnet 43 Analysis Sonnet 43 Browning was born in the Romantic Era and as a poet of that era she composed this poem to express her love for husband, Robert Frost.
Her poem, Sonnet 43, often called “How do I love thee” is the epitome of true love and romance Applaud my awesomeness!! Elizabeth had health problems from an early age and was deeply upset by the death of her brother who was killed in a sailing accident.

Because of these factors and the strictness of her father, she became reclusive, writing poems, one of which praising a work by Robert Browning caught his attention and led to a correspondence between them.

This, in turn, led to a strong and lasting love between them which initially remained secret because of her father’s opposition. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
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.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death. The obvious theme of this poem is love: intense, pure, steal-my-breath-away, reckless, everlasting love.

Sonnet 43 is a poem that can be read to a special someone because Barrett cleverly uses the gender-neutral phrase “thee”.

Browning itemizes seven different ways she loves Frost. She begins the poem with a rhetoric question “How do I love thee?” immortalizing that phrase as one of the most common names associated with this poem. Dead brother and mother This is her face! Effectively, Barrett uses simple descriptive diction to get her point across.
with the archaic use of the word “thee” she creates a timeless, old-fashioned tone to the poem.
the repetition of “I love thee”
a rhyme scheme of ABBA ABBA CD CD CD creates an effective sonnet. Form
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