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Christine Rosetti. Comparing the Poets Views of Love in Sonnet 29 and Sonnet 43
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Comparing the Poets' views of love in Sonnet 29 and Sonnet 43
Sonnets 43 and 29 are written by two women whose experiences in life have led to them having extremely different beliefs about love, and different attitudes towards it and how the concept of love has affected them personally.
Sonnet 29 is written by a poet to whom love has only brought pain, and it has a tone of sorrow as she repeats the phrase 'pity me not...' The things for which we should not pity her which she lists are all natural occurrences, like 'At close of day no longer walks the sky', i.e., night follows day, and the sun rises and sets. She goes on to describe other things which have a cycle, like the 'waning of the moon' and the ebbing tide, and then says 'nor that a man's desire is hushed so soon', which gives us the idea that this too is an unconditional, natural and inevitable occurrence which will happen no matter what she does or how she feels.
What the poet does want us to pity her for is her struggle to come to terms with the fact that she
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