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Comparison Of Love Poetry:Remember by Christina Rossetti, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and When We Two Parted by Lord Byron

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Comparison Of Love Poetry: Remember by Christina Rossetti, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and When We Two Parted by Lord Byron The three poems, Remember by Christina Rossetti; How Do I love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and When We Two Parted by Lord Byron, each explore love and loss in their own unique ways. Remember is, as expected from the title, a solemn lament which is a farewell sonnet to her treasured one. How Do I Love Thee? is again a sonnet of love but is of a love that is present and hopefully will remain forever. The third poem that will be examined is When We Two Parted which tells of a lost secret love that has left a scar on Lord Byron's life. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's impressive How Do I Love Thee? is, as you might suppose, a poem describing the extent of the author's love of her partner. It is one of her "Sonnets from the Portuguese" which were written in her Italian days at the Casa Guidi. Like many of them How Do I Love Thee? ...read more.

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An unparalleled level for their love to stand on. 'How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways'. Truly it is a boundless love that is, as of yet, inaccessible to others. To a point, When We Two Parted describes a relationship of a not to distant quality from How Do I Love Thee? The only difference being that Lord Byron's relationship has ended and he feels it has marred the perfection of it. The secrecy of the relationship also appears to have taken its toll as 'In secret we met, in silence I grieve', he feels betrayed, deserted and not quite complete without his partner. There is also a sense of regret about the whole affair as 'Long, long shall I rue thee, too deeply to tell'. We get the impression that only now does he understand the quite disproportional consequences to his actions. This love may well have been a love meant to be, which surpassed all known love but from When We Two Parted we can learn that all good things come to an end, regardless, and when they do they can leave devastation or 'silence and tears'. ...read more.

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The words 'depth', 'breadth' and 'height' suggest all dimensions and therefore an interminable love. Remember, When We Two Parted and How Do I Love Thee? each show love in a different way, Remember shows it as a platonic love between friends where it is going away. When We Two Parted tells the story of a lost love edged with the feelings of bitterness that come with an ended relationship and How Do I Love Thee? recounts an absolute love that is flawless and perfect in every way. The presentation of loss in How Do I Love Thee? is virtually non-existent with only one mention where the love will grow stronger after death. In When We Two Parted loss is the main theme of the poem and is shown as a very grave matter that is not good for any person. Remember shows loss differently as though it isn't necessarily an awful thing. It isn't good but you cannot dwell on it, you must move on and live your life. Ultimately, love and loss can be presented in many different ways and these poems show us some of these ways very well. ...read more.

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This is a perceptive comparison between the poems which shows a knowledge of poetic techniques and the contexts in which writers were writing. With more frequent, embedded quotations, the writer could have achieved the highest rating. ****

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