The Poem ' How Do I Love Thee? By Elizabeth Barrett Browning Essay examples

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In the poem “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (pg. 894-895), Elizabeth explains her love for her husband, Robert Browning. This poem is written as an Italian sonnet but does not follow the Italian sonnet rhyme scheme. I separated this poem into two quatrains and an octave. Elizabeth states 8 ways that she loves her husband. The tone of this poem starts off as infatuation then towards the end of the poem changes to love. Elizabeth uses metaphors and symbols to show a deeper understanding for her love. Elizabeth uses this poem to state her never-ending love for her husband Robert. She uses symbols and metaphors to describe her love throughout the poem. In lines 1-4, Elizabeth starts the poem out by saying that she count the ways that she loves her husband. She explains how she loves her husband within herself and soul. She says, “I love thee to the depth and breadth and height/ my soul can reach” (2-3). She is saying that she loves her husband to the maximum capability that her body can love. Her love for him cannot be measured on a scale, just like her soul cannot be measured. Her tone in this part of the poem is infatuation because she is intensely loves her husband. She is speaking this way to show how deep her love is. Her love for him is not just physical on the outside but is mentally and internally. Elizabeth also uses a metaphor, “I love thee freely, as men strive for right” (7), to explain that he is who she wants to love. She is saying that she…

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