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
June 1st, 1803 Napoleon Bonaparte was beginning to invade Britain. During this war, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a successful young poet and is known for “Sonnets from the Portuguese”. Browning had a strong outlook on politics and mainly wrote about her love for her husband. This essay will be examining the life, the works, and the impacts of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Elizabeth was born on March 6th, 1806 in Durham, UK. She was “the eldest child of prosperous…
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
treatment of individual desire in The Great Gatsby and Barrett Browning’s
poetry reveal similarities or reinforce the texts’ distinctive qualities?
The pursuit of happiness a universal concern that effects people in different ways and the ideologies of ideal love, social ethics and morals are thought to be of relevance to these people that affect their values and the values of society. This is evident in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry, “Sonnets from the Portuguese” written in 1850 and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s…
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.
In this sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, love is everything…
‘A deeper understanding of aspirations and identity emerges from considering the parallels between the Great Gatsby and Browning’s poetry’. Compare how these texts explore aspirations and identity?
Both the texts ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F.Scott Fitzgerald and ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning explore the ideas of aspirations and identity developing a deeper understanding of the texts. Both texts share these ideas through the characters and the values of idealism and hope…
Using first person point of view, Robert Browning is allowing the reader to enter the mindset of whom the poem is named after, Porphyria’s Lover. By using this perspective, Browning is allowing the audience to experience the lover’s lust, aspiration, and regressing hope, as well as his exceedingly complimentary descriptions of Porphyria. However, there is one reoccurring abnormity of the lover’s description of Porphyria- her “yellow hair.” This term, quoted three times in the only sixty-lined poem…
order to express their love for other people. During this process poetry was discovered, and great writers began to use it as a tool to describe their own love. In the contrasting sonnets written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning “Sonnet 43” and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat Nor Drink” they describe love in very different ways, yet have the same conclusion and desire to have love themselves. Both Browning and Millay’s sonnets are on love, and they each have the same feeling…
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets of the Portuguese were composed mid-19th century England, while The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was written during a contrasting era, known as the Roaring 20’s, a century later. As the reader, the story of EBB’s love for Robert Browning is seen from her standpoint, and we accompany her directly through her fears of outsider’s views, uncertainties and hopes for her love with Browning. Fitzgerald’s narrator, Nick Carraway, is an observant and loyal man,…
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…