Sonnet 43

In Sonnet 43, Elizabeth Barrett shows all the ways in which she is capable of loving someone and how great and strong love truly is. She presents all the possible ways in which she can love someone and also she presents the strength of the love she feels.

She begins by asking a question "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!" This is a powerful opening because she uses an exclamation point which gives this part more emphasis and makes the theme of the poem (which is the way in which she can love someone) stand out. The use of monosyllables makes it eve stronger and more powerful. The fact that she uses the phrase "Let me count the ways!" implies that there are many ways and ...

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she says "I love thee to the level of everyday's most quiet need". With this phrase, the poet is saying that she loves him like she loves everyday's small yet meaningful things. Her love for him was necessary just like those little things that happen every day but as small as they may seem they make people happy and she felt happy by loving him. She also says "by sun &candlelight", these words say that her love was there through the day, through the night and nothing was going to change it. Also, that even though her love for him was passionate and strong she still loved him in a day-to-day basis but this didn't make love any less significant, instead it made it more worthy.

The poet continues by saying "I love thee freely, as men strive for right." She uses "freely" to say that her love to him is. Also, by using "as men strive for right" we can understand that "striving for rights" isn't something that should be done instead is something that you have the desire to do and ...

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Added: 2/27/2012 05:56:04 PM
Submitted By: ileana
Category: Poetry & Poets
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