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How Do I love Thee written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Remember written by Christina Rossetti are both famously Victorian written sonnets.

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Siamah Begum 10sr Comparative Poetry Essay Discuss the way two or more poets represent their views on the theme of love. Analyse the ways they use the linguistic devices. Convey their perspective on this theme. "How Do I love Thee" written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and "Remember" written by Christina Rossetti are both famously Victorian written sonnets. Elizabeth Browning was one of the most respected poets of Victorian. She was born on March 6th 1806 in Durum, England. She is generally considered one of the great English poets. Browning was educated at home; she was well educated for a girl of that time, because during the Victorian times, the role of a woman through out that society was more of a house worker. A woman of that time would have stayed at home cleaning, cooking, running the house and serving the guests; she would have not gone out unless it was for an important issue. Browning suffered tuberculosis which went servier when her brother died, for several years she rarely left her bedroom, she then regained, strength and meanwhile her fame was growing, Elizabeth later past away in Florence Italy June 29th 1861. ...read more.

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"Remember me when I am gone away" "Gone far away in to the silent land" "Remember me when no more day by day" From the quotes, you can see straight away that it is love fearful of being forgotten so it was probably a strong and long-term relationship, so from how long they have spent together it was most likely something special, it is a quite selfish love that is sad and sorrowful she seems less sure about the greatness and power of love and is almost pleading for her lover to remember her. However Elizabeth depicts love in a spiritual way, she uses language that shows an almost religious atmosphere with words such as 'Grace', 'praise' 'faith' and 'saints' giving love a pure and holy sanctity. She shows how much she loves this person which can be referred to her husband. And how their love is strong and everlasting. "For the ends of being an ideal grace" This is spiritual measurement of her love being to the ends of her existence. ...read more.

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"I love thee freely" Elizabeth uses a more mature love of a woman for her husband. She loves him of her own will, and not out of duty. This is the kind of love that is freely given without any force or threat. Men strive for right freely they can do what ever they please, for it is necessary to their happiness it makes them more content. But Rossetti presents the sonnet more unhappy and uncertain. She is not thinking of her lovers feelings but she directs her thoughts to what must be a very difficult time for her lover towards herself. She seems to think of her lovers feelings more as an after thought. "Yet if you should forget me for a while" "And afterwards remember, do not grieve" She says its better not to remember her as if he is going to be sad for every time he thinks about her. Since she has spent half of the poem pleading with him to remember her! Overall Elizabeth highlights amore mature way of love for her husband, showing purity and deep spirituality of love. Where as Christina stresses melancholy about love. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 09 March 2009 ...read more.

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