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Sonnet #43 (How Do I Love Thee?). Elizabeth Barrett Browning Taken from the Sonnets From the Portuguese. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 1806-1861 Married Robert Browning Famous English Poet “My Last Duchess” Highly influenced by the English Romantic Poets. English Romantic Period.

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Sonnet #43(How Do I Love Thee?)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Taken from the

Sonnets From the Portuguese

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • 1806-1861

  • Married Robert Browning

    • Famous English Poet

    • “My Last Duchess”

  • Highly influenced by the English Romantic Poets

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English Romantic Period

  • 1798-1832

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William Wordsworth

  • 1770-1850

  • “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • 1772-1834

  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Lord Byron

  • 1788-1824

  • “She Walks in Beauty Like the Night”

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • 1792-1822

  • “Ode to the West Wind”

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John Keats

  • 1795-1821

  • “When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be”

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Characteristics of the Romantic Period

  • Contrast those of the eighteenth century

    • Stressed reason and judgment

      • Romantic writers emphasized imagination and emotion

    • Concerned with the general or universal in experience

      • Romantic writers were concerned with the particular

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Characteristics of the Romantic Period

  • Asserted the values of society as a whole

    • Romantic writers championed the value of the individual human being

  • Sought to follow and to substantiate authority and the rules derived from authority

    • Romantic writers strove for freedom

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Characteristics of the Romantic Period

  • Primary inspiration came from classical Greek and Roman authors

    • Romantic writers took a revitalized interest in medieval subjects and settings

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Rhetorical Structure

  • Question—Answer

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Question

  • “How do I love thee?” (1)

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Answer

  • “Let me count the ways.” (1)

  • The speaker identifies 8 ways to express love

    • Focuses on the evolution of faith

    • Focuses on the evolution of maturity

      • The speaker recognizes that life and love will be good and bad

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Answer 1

  • I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

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Answer 2

  • I love thee to the level of everyday's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

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Answer 3

  • I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

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Answer 4

  • I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise

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Answer 5

  • I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.

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Answer 6

  • I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints!---

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Answer 7

  • I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life!---

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Answer 8

  • and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death

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Most SignificantLiterary Devices

  • Anaphora

  • Paradox

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Anaphora

  • Deliberate Repetition

  • Purpose

    • Helps to establish tone regarding love

    • The speaker loves in virtually every way possible

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Paradox

  • Paradoxical answers to the question “How do I love thee?”

    • Love is divine and everyday

    • Love is childlike and mature

    • Love has tears and joy

    • Love exists through life and continues after death

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