After reading your poem “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways,” I realized how much emphasis society puts on finding one’s true love. Falling in love has become a top priority in peoples’ lives. Women are expected to fall madly in love with men to raise families and be provided for; therefore, women are continuously anticipating falling in love at younger and younger ages. As young teen girls begin to fall in love for the first time, the intensity of a serious, mature relationship with young teen boys brings passion to young lovers. You explain how, “I love thee…/with my childhood’s faith,” exposing how easily convinced people are to fall in love with someone no matter what age because the pressures of society (9). Young children’s beliefs are constantly changed and reformed because children’s opinions are influenced easily by media and others in society. In addition, children’s imaginations allow them to believe in fantasy objects and situations attempting to make love a realistic idea. Children view falling in love as a fairytale, and society trains one another to believe everyone will find someone and live happily ever after. We portray love as a fairytale anyone can achieve even though love is an abstract idea. I enjoy the way you attempt to explain how much you love someone because you strive to help people to understand how love feels although love has no limitations and is extremely abstract. The stanza, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” puts a boundary on love (1). Counting the ways to love someone creates a limit allowing people to picture how one feels falling in love. Children begin counting at a young age, and by connecting love to counting people imagine love to be simple and straightforward. Two plus two is always four, and people understand there is a clear answer creating a concrete idea of love. In addition, you exemplify how dependent someone is on the person they love. By writing, “I love thee to the level of every day’s/most quiet need” you show people the person one falls in love with is their whole world (5). A person cannot function properly without the one they love because they cannot even complete and receive their simple daily needs. I disagree with this line because it permits society to become completely dependent and attached to the one they love. This stanza teaches people they should rely on someone else to please them, and it teaches society they need someone else to be happy. Becoming independent and a strongly self-motivated
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
March 9, 2015
AP English IV
March 9, 2015
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Thesis: “How Do I Love Thee?”(Sonnet 43), “If Thou Must Love Me” (Sonnet 14), and Aurora Leigh are three of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s most famous, admired, and passionate works. They all are used to explore and challenge traditional Victorian women.
II. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Life
Browning versus Browning
In the poems of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, some could construe the speakers as dominant and masculine. However, while there is a sense of masculinity within the poems, the speaker in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, “Mother and Poet” has a strong sense of being said from a woman’s point of view. While Robert Browning’s works “Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess” are from a male perspective.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “Mother and Poet”…
Poetry Quarter 3 Response Essay
In both poems, "How Do I Love Thee" and "The Definition of Love" Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Andrew Marvell use figurative language, imagery, diction and tone to depict love as a feeling and less on the object of love. Browning believes that love doesn't have boundaries, physical nor spiritual. However Marvell believes love and fate are an opposing force always battling.
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Composers reflect the changing attitudes, values and social mores of their respective contexts. The 1850 transitional Romantic poems, Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB) and 1925-idealist American Dream novella The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, expose profound corrective social insights of the Victorian Era and 1920s America. Both composers reveal the development of female liberalism in their respective societies impact on the morality of individuals. Love is portrayed…
University of Virginia founded
Washington Irving, The Sketch Book (1819–20)
Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
Herman Melville born
Walt Whitman born |
Continues schooling in Richmond (1821–25)
Shows aptitude for Latin, poetry, acting and swimming | 1822
Liberia established by the American Colonization Society1823
Lafayette tours the U.S.
Lord Byron dies |
Secretly engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster | 1825
Erie Canal opens…
in magical water when he was a baby, and she held him by the heel. The magic protected him all over, except for his heel.
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