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Sasha Martinez English 12B A2 Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Transcript of Sasha Martinez English 12B A2 Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“I love thee to the depth and breadth and
My soul can reach, when feeling out of
Victorian England
“This was a long period of prosperity for the British people, as profits gained from the overseas Empire, as well as from industrial improvements at home, allowed a large, educated middle class to develop” (Calder).
Rhetorical Question
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
“Love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
By: Sasha Martinez
“Browning had read passages from Paradise Lost and a number of Shakespearean plays, among other great works, before the age of ten. By her twelfth year, she had written her first “epic” poem, which consisted of four books of rhyming couplets” (Keats).

Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a perfect physical representation of the well known saying, “They were ahead of their time.” During her childhood, she overcame multiple serious back and lung injuries and instead of letting her treatments of morphine hold her back, she managed to turn this hardship into inspiration for her work. As she grew into an adult, her long term dedication paid off, making her very known, very quickly.

This quote holds a lot of love and intense emotion. It is obvious that Browning holds a deep affection for her partner.
It's important to share feelings when two people are in a relationship. It provides a way to connect with each other, to form a stronger bond.
The rhetorical question gives the sentence more meaning, as well as giving the whole poem more emotion.
Look at the emotional appeal behind the questions!
Browning taught herself Hebrew just to read the Old Testament. She had such dedication!
Community Equals Unity
All about the Victorian Era
In 5 Minutes or less.
A stronger bond is a means to stronger products; thus, the resulting stronger products became a direct link to more money, which led to more improvements for the people of that time.
How Assonance Effects Word Choice.
Within the meaning behind this quote, you can really tell that her husband is her muse and that she has an unconditional love for him.
I believe that the assonance is intended to be noticed, Browning wants everyone to know of her love.

Assonance is intensified within the rhyme scheme- “height” and “sight." These words add emotion and more of an in-depth meaning to the poem.
“Purely,” “Praise,” and “Passion” are the Alliteration and I think they are part of the reason why people take to this poem so well.
Most people are scared to feel this strongly about someone else, Browning is not.

Her use of Alliteration shows dedication to relationship and that’s why this poem is so famous today!

Some people spend their whole lives looking for a love like she had.
This poem proves that passion and love don't just die out- a connection can last a whole life time.
Besides money and social changes, love seems like it kept the Victorian Era in positive spirits.
I think this poem is realistic because it shares Browning's personal thoughts and feelings, nothing is held back or left out.
Everyone loves this poem because they can connect to it, everyone wants a love that can last forever. However, I think few people really have had this kind of love. Love like this seems rare and no one I know has ever described a feeling similar to the one I got while reading this poem.
Works Cited

Calder, Jenni. "Victorian Era." -
New World Encyclopedia.
MediaWiki, 18 Aug.

2015. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.

Keats, Sandra. "Elizabeth Barrett Browning."
Academy of American

Poets, 11 Nov. 2012. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.

Martin, Janey. "Purely, Praise, and Passion."
Purely Praise and Passion.

Petramartin, 4 Jan. 2015. Web. 14 Oct. 2015.

Park, Hyde. "Victorian Days."
NetworSolutions, 13 July 2013. Web. 14

Oct. 2015.

Poetry was written around this time, to express the awe and amazement the people felt. Socially and economically, people were starting to thrive and that was a new feeling for all of them.
A theory writers like to discuss, is why browning started her poem with a rhetorical Question. These types of questions are often persuasive techniques, maybe her husband questioned her love for him?
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