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Both Christina Rossetti and Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote poems about 4 different attitudes towards love. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote the poems A Mans Requirements and A False Step.

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Sarah Bulbrooke Love comes in many different forms. When the word love is mentioned, people think of different things. They might think of love as what they have for their partner or their favourite cuddly toy. Both Christina Rossetti and Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote poems about 4 different attitudes towards love. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote the poems A Mans Requirements and A False Step. A Mans Requirements is a poem that is biased towards men and A False Step is a poem that is biased towards women and about missed opportunities. Christina Rossetti wrote the poems L.E.L. and A Birthday. L.E.L. is a poem about self-pity for not being loved and A Birthday is a poem about religious and delirious love. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote the poem A Mans Requirements although she is not the speaker a man is. The man tells the women he is speaking to, to love him with everything she is. We can see this by the line 'love me with thine open youth'. He also tells her to love him so much so that the neighbours can see how great he looks with a pretty girl on his arm. ...read more.

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'And why should a heart have been there in the way of a fair women's foot'. She says that it wasn't there to cause her pain or to hurt her and that it was only a friend. 'It was not a stone that could trip' and 'Twas merely the heart of a friend'. Then she tells her that if she keeps on doing it then she will end up being alone looking in the mirror with her dimples turning into wrinkles. 'Thou, sitting alone at the glass' and 'where the smile in its dimplement was'. If she carries on being picky then there will be no men left and the ones that are left are going to be more precious even if they are ugly. 'From seeking around thee in vain from hundreds who flatted before' and 'Do I hold thee less precious, but more!' The women who the poet is talking to say that she wishes she had that heart which she once trod upon. 'I wish I had only that heart I trod upon ages ago!' The rhyming scheme is again ABAB. ...read more.

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This poem is ecstatic jubilant and elated. It has a rhyme scheme of ABCBDEFE. This poem forms images of Christian iconography. She has written this poem to express her happiness. Christina Rossetti also wrote a poem called L.E.L. This stands for Leticia Elizabeth Landen who is the speaker of this poem. She is telling everyone that she needs some love, but she hasn't got any. 'My heart is breaking for a little love'. She sounds depressed as everything around her is in love, but she isn't. 'And birds pair everyone'. She tries to dress herself up really pretty to find love, but it doesn't work. 'I deck myself with silks and jewellery'. Then the angels tell her to wait and love will find her, but she doesn't listen to them. She is determined to find love. 'Take patience for thy scathe'. This poem has a rhyme scheme of ABABCCC. It has a sad, pitiful, melancholy and lonely feeling. After reading and understanding these poems, it shows that love occurs everywhere. It tells people that it's not just them with love problems, but that it's happening all around the world. It's telling people to stop worrying about love. If it were meant to be then you wouldn't be depressed all the time. ...read more.

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