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Comparison of 'How do I love thee?' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and 'A Birthday' written by Christina Rosetti.

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Harry Lovejoy. POETRY ESSAY Much of the poetry written prior to the 19th Century was devoted to the many types of love, both the sensations and feelings related to this subject, and also the poet attempting to capture in writing how the feeling of being in love has changed him or her. For these reasons, it is important top analyse examples of this poetry in terms of how the different poets have captured the sensations of being in different types of love. Also, how the poets have conveyed to the reader the different types of love one can experience. Finally, how the poets convey to the reader a sense of how being in love has changed them, for the better, or for worse. The two poems I have chosen to compare for this essay are 'How do I love thee?' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and 'A Birthday' written by Christina Rosetti. Both of these poems describe love in different ways, the two poets use many different ways to describe the sensation of love. They can use the use of colours, object, or living thing to show the sensation. The poets use objects to show their love, as love in an emotion it cannot be seen or touched, so the poets try to turn this emotion into something they can touch, see and feel. ...read more.

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I think this because the fact that she says she will love him after death, it means that she will have everlasting love for him. I think this statement would make the poet feel extremely emotional. However, Christina Rosetti's type of love in the poem 'A Birthday' is very different compared to 'How do I love thee?'. In the poem 'A Birthday' Christina Rosetti is describing her love for a birthday, these two passage describe her love very well - 'My heart is like a singing bird Whose nest is in a watered shoot;' and at the end of the poem after listing many descriptions of love, 'Because the birthday of my life Is come, my love is come to me.' She describes her 'love' very well by using a singing bird nesting in a watered shoot to describe her love. Using the singing bird is very good because singing is usually related to being happy or being a sign of happiness, and also the fact that the bird is nesting in a nice area, a watered shoot, is a sign of happiness. Both of these things, the bird and its nest relate to Christina Rosetti's love very well, however at this point you would not be able to tell what type of love she is describing. It is not until the end of the poem when she says 'Because the birthday of my life Is come, my love is come to me.' ...read more.

Conclusion

In lots of poems the poets try and explain their love changing, they may start off the poem with a positive view on their love, however they may finish off their poem with a negative or changed opinion on their love. In 'How do I love thee?' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and 'A Birthday' by Christina Rosetti, the poets' love has not changed through the poem. In both of the poems the poets start off with positive views on their love for different things and also end with positive views. Rather than describe how the poets' loves have changes, both the poets quantify their love and show this sensation through descriptive writing and similes. As it can be seen from this analysis, much of the poetry written prior to the 19th Century was devoted to many types of love, both the sensations and feelings related to this subject, and also the poet attempting to capture in writing how the feeling of being in love has changed him or her both for better and for worse. In the case of the poets discussed here, it is obvious that for those poets, love was experienced as both a burden and an inspiration, as something to long for, and as something to resist. Regardless it is obvious that for these poets, love did serve to change them forever. ...read more.

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