Xiii And My Last Duchess Comparison Analysis

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Many people have dissimilar perspectives on the idea of love. Some individuals may carry an attitude of hopefulness and faith in love; however, others may be uncertain of his or her beloved which could lead to jealousy. In the poems “XLIII,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and “My Last Duchess,” by Robert Browning, the idea of love exists but the viewpoints are in contrast with each other. The speaker in the poem “XLIII” holds the attitude of positivity and deep affection, while the speaker in “My Last Duchess” carries the attitude of envy and doubtfulness. In spite of the fact of them being in dispute about the attitude towards love, the affection and fondness still persists, although in a variant manner.

In the poem “XLIII,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning portrays the speaker as a woman who has an everlasting, optimistic attitude towards love. The speaker says she will love her beloved “by sun and candle-light” (line 6) which allows the audience to infer that she will love “thee” twenty-four hours a day, and seven days a week. By stating that she loves this person when the sun is shining and during the night when the candles are lit, the speaker claims that her love is everlasting and infinite, just as the days are. This line could also infer that the speaker loves her
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The speaker confirms her heartfelt love by expressing that she will “love thee with the breath / Smiles, tears, of all [her] life,” (12-13) and
“love thee after death” (14). This suggests that the speaker is confident about her love and her endearment is strong enough to be expressed through her very existence, physically and emotionally. She hopes to be able to continue loving her dearest after death, better than she does while she is

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