The Idea Of Love In Shakespeare's Sonnet 43

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Compare how ideas about love are presented in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and Barrett-Browning’s Sonnet 43. In the course of the essay, I will compare and contrast both poems’ idea of love. Both poems generally give a positive overview of love; both poets suggest that love is never ending and can battle through bad situations. Shakespeare’s sonnet takes the form of argument, talking about the unchanging and eternal qualities of love whilst Browning’s sonnet is like a direct poem to her husband discussing the nature of her love for him. Shakespeare starts the poem with the imperative “let me not to the marriage of true minds” which sets the tone and exploration of true love. Browning also starts with the imperative “how do I love thee? Let me…show more content…
This line reflects the subject of the poem that love is eternal. Browning however, goes on by using the internal rhyme of breadth and depth which gives the reader an impression that the love she has for her husband has increased further. In addition to that, breadth, depth and height echoes Ephesians III 17-19, where Saint Paul prays for comprehension of the length, breadth, depth, and height of Christ's love and the fullness of God. Browning then embarks on a religious idea of love “my soul can reach”. The diction of soul implies that the love she has for her husband is genuine. Browning builds further on the spiritual realm of her love which gives the reader an impression that the love for her husband is so huge that it rises above the world: “when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and Ideal Grace” Shakespeare however, goes on to further on his exploration of love indicating that love is and “ever fixed mark” perhaps meaning that love is forever. He then uses personification to further build on his idea that love can endure everything saying that love “looks on tempests and is never
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