Essay on Comparing Three Poems on Love and Loss

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Comparing Three Poems on Love and Loss

'How Do I Love Thee?' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti are both sonnets sharing the theme of Love and Loss but approaching it from a different view. 'How Do I Love Thee' is a Petrachian sonnet written by a famous poet of that time Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Born in 1806, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a female author in the mid 1800's. 'How Do I Love Thee?' expresses the theme of love in an undying manner. It portrays deep ethereal love that a woman has for her lover. It uses emotive language to depict the passion and depth of their love. 'Remember' is also a petrachian sonnet written by Christina Rossetti. Christina Rossetti
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The former carries on in the same tone and manner throughout the fourteen lines of the poems whereas there is a very perceptible difference between the first eight and the last six lines of the latter.

"It will be late to counsel then or pray

Yet if you should forget me for a while"

Here the definite difference is clearly visible between the first eight and the last six lines. The first eight lines convey the poet's emotions about how her love should carry on remembering her when she has departed however the last six lines contradicts what has just been written at the beginning. The poet in the poem can be seen as rather selfish and pitiful, she is the weaker one in the relationship therefore she should be remembered. But, in the last few lines we see a whole new person involve and turn into a heroic but yet independent women.

The style also plays a vital part to the overall emotive affect of the two poems. In Browning's unique style she begins by asking the question, How do I love you and answers by saying,

"let me count the ways"

This sets the reader up for the different ways Browning has found to love. She then begins to explain all the unobvious ways to love another human being, including the

"level of every day's use"

She uses the fact that "men strive for right" to illustrate how freely she can love, which is

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