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GCSE coursework essay Pre-1914 Poetry A sonnet is usually a poem with fourteen lines, which deals with one idea or emotion. The rhyming pattern is usually ABBA ABBA ABBA and then a rhyming couplet at CC. It has ten syllables per line. There are two main types of sonnet Shakespearean (English) and Petrachen (Italian). Sonnet means 'Little song' in Italian. Sonnets originated in Italy during the Italian renaissance by a man called Pertrach however they only became popular in England during the 14th century. The real meaning of writing a sonnet is to create beauty and communicate meaning within a tightly structured format. It is to work within self-imposed restrictions to discover just how much one can accomplish. ...read more.


The poem is about how great her love is for her lover, it is more of a spiritual love then a physical one. She constantly links back to idea of God; "If God chooses" This shows love is eternal, pure and spiritual. It is also handing control over to god; acknowledging his omnipotence. Elizabeth Barrett-Browning uses a lot of beautiful imagery in this poem. She lays emphasis on the words, "Being", "Grace", "Right", and "Praise". It is clear that all of these words are positive, religious and moral which again help to set the overall picture. She uses the word "love" ten times as well. This is clearly not a coincidence at again adds to accentuate just how much love she has for this person. ...read more.


"Nor services to do" ".... whilst I my sovereign watch the clock..." These are just some of the words to do with servants and royalty, this emphasises that he is a slave of her/his lover. He is weak, emasculated and inferior compared to his lover. In contrast the lover is strong and is seen as a queen figure. The speaker is also saying that love will make him a fool: "So true a fool is love" In fact, although this poem seems to illustrate the poet's disturbing dependence on his lover, we cannot overlook the possibility that the sonnet is ironic and filled with sarcasm rather than self-depreciation. This different from the Browning one because in this one he is handing over control to his lover however Browning is handing. This may possibly show the difference in individuality. . ...read more.

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