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COMPARISON:Browning's Sonnet 43 and Byron's So, Well Go No More A-Roving

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Theme of Love Sonnet 43 and So, We?ll Go No More A-Roving Sonnet 43 is a petrarchan sonnet written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the Victorian age. Through this sonnet she expresses her intense love for her husband, Robert Browning. Her love is shown sensual as well as emotional. It also appears to us that the Elizabeth Browning is reading this poem to her husband who is very sad at the moment. The poem starts with a rhetorical question, ?How do I Love thee?? and the theme of love is replete in the poem. The word ?love? is used ten times in the sonnet. The sonnet is written with the rhyme scheme A B B A, A B B A, C D C, D C D. It is written in iambic pentameter. She briefly talks about the grief of her husband due to the death of his mother, as well as her own grief of leaving her father while eloping with her husband. She repeats the phrase ?I love thee? eight times in the sonnet out of which thrice is one after the other (anaphora or repetition) and this phrase can be given the title of the poem. This sonnet was published under the title ?Sonnets from the Portuguese?. Her love for her husband is eternal, as she will love him even after her death and her love also shows her faith in the Christian ideology in the immortality of the soul. ...read more.


The word ?breathe? refers to drinking and merry making. The stanza also portrays the battle raging between his heart and mind. He wants to follow the laws of nature but his human nature pulls him towards carousing. In the third stanza, we again find a coordinating conjunction ?though?. This conjunction again brings him away from reality and truth. For a moment we find Byron?s parabolic flight to a world where wine and women are the order of the day. Byron puts a constraint on his sensuality by uttering the word ?day? that refers to soberness and cleansing. The word ?too? again shows that Byron is again in a fix. The abyss between his heart and mind broadens, as he is not able to reconcile to his decision. The last line of the poem, ?By the light of the moon?, again refers to the changeable and inconstant nature of the moon and the man. But he is successful in taking the final decision that he must give up the pleasures of wine, women and wealth. The theme of love in the two poems ??? The theme of love has been one of the most common ones on which the poets dwell at large with the help of figurative devices such as similes, metaphors, personifications etc. Love is a theme that can be written and expressed in many ways, using many different literary devices, such as metaphors, similes, personification, allusion, etc. The poems, Sonnet 43 written by Elizabeth Barret Browning, and So we will go no more a-roving by Byron are both very different from each other as they both are conveying different messages. ...read more.


Perhaps Byron too wants to say that he is fed up with materialistic things, and wants to go to the lap of nature to pause, to breathe and to meditate on the true meaning of love and his life. The poets conclude their poems with a optimistic note Elizabeth is optimistic that she will attain the fullness of her love in the coming cycles of life (if any) Byron says that he has been able to give a new direction to his life where he has to forget his past and make a new beginning. The erratic and irrational behavior of Byron had sunk him to the depths of infamy and notoriety, and it is time he contemplated on the other meaning of love. The poets have used a number of figurative devices to express their sentiments such as similes, metaphors and visual imageries. The sonnet and the ballads have metaphors in the lines: For the ends of Being and ideal Grace, lost saints, sword outwears its sheath, and the soul wears out the breast. Visual imagery in sun and candlelight, and bright moon. Although the poems were written in different ages both the poets have used the objects of nature to give a spontaneity to their feelings such as the sun, the moon, the faith of childhood etc. both feel the didactic feature of love as it elevates them to a higher status from that of an ordinary being. But if Elizabeth?s love is as constant as the North Star Byron?s is as inconstant as that of the phases of the moon. ...read more.

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