Elizabeth Baret Browning How Do I Love Thee Poem

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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
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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”.
The author is repeating “I love thee,” similarly to a list of bullet points trying to convey her love to someone. Again and again she is repeating herself, to prove a point to her love. Repetition such as mentioned above is stated in very simple words because she wants her lover to be convinced of her reasoning. To expand on the repetition of “I love thee,” another meaning is the devotion to her love, she puts something afterwards in order to prove her reasoning of her affection. As stated above one example could be lines 5 and 6 where it states:
“I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.”
In the above verses after I love thee she explains her affection by saying she loves this person and he is in every part of her day even in the quiet moments. Due to repetition the impression that the reader gets is of assurance. The author is trying her best to reassure her lover that she loves thee. This is how repetition is used throughout the
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It’s showed its rhyme scheme, its structure, repetition, metaphors, similes, and it’s depressing tone. It had impacted me in several ways. It has shown me how strong love can be, how many ways can love be expressed as well as to what love can withstand. The love that the poem showed was very strong it had showed to what length love can be, it’s griefs and its happiness. This showed me that one had the potential to love as well to freely express it. It’d taught me to express love because life is to short. The ways that love can be expressed can vary, because Elizabeth showed that after death she’ll love her lover more as well as the suffering she had gone through was worth the love that she got out of it. This taught me no matter how small an action, it taught me to love the smallest things. Finally, the poem showed what love can withstand. She withstood the deaths of the lost saints, and she withstood out for the pain she had gone through. This taught me that no matter how bitter love can mean it can still be for love. Even after pain because of death love still exists in time. This poem was very expressional and showed so much what love can

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