Analysis Of The Poem ' How Do I Love Thee ' By Elizabeth Barret Browning

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The poem that will be covered in this write-up is called “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barret Browning. The poem is about the author making a list about why she loves someone’s. The poem is located on page 26 the theme of this poem is “Love is like devotion, it can be seen in any way no matter how little or big it can be”. In this theme the poem had shown devotion for love through reference of religion ideologies and through her meticulous passionate phrasing. Also, it showed that the soul of one can store a finite amount of love. Love could be delicate as a flame on a candle, but it could also be bright enough to light up a room. There is a rhyme scheme and a structure, this will be explained in this write-up. There are 3 different poetic devices that were utilized, they are: repetition, metaphor, and simile. The tone of this poem will be also be explain in this analysis. Elizabeth Barret Browning uses these 3 devices in order to emphasize on the theme and how her poem left an impression on the reader. The poem’s structure and rhyme scheme are critical foundations for a poem. The poem has 14 lines all in 1 stanza, has a set of 10 syllables in every line and is written in iambic pentameter. This could be called a sonnet but it only has 1 stanza, a sonnet requires 4 stanzas. Its rhyme scheme is a,b,b,c,a,b,b,c,d,e,d,f,e,f. In order for it to be a sonnet it also needs to have a rhyme scheme of a,b,a,b,c,d,c,d,e,f,e,f,g,g but it doesn’t. This is the…

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