Sonnet Essay

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Two authors, born into two different centuries, with two contradicting concepts of love. Sonnet 43, takes a more optimistic tone towards love, with Elizabeth Barrett Browning dedicating the poem, along with the entire collection, to her husband Robert Browning. She describes her love for him as freely as “men strive for right”, as purely as “they turn from Praise” and her concept of love is that love is as vast and boundless as an evolved soul, transcending heaven and death. St. Vincent Millay uses the traditional sonnet structure, posing the problem in the octave, and offering the solution in the sestet. The poem is adorned with phrases that portray imagery. The similarities between the six images are that they are mainly used to depict a conception of retreating, regressing beauty. She is using the natural examples as metaphors to her notion of love. Phrases like: “field to thicket”, “waning of the moon”, “ebbing tide goes out to sea” are used in comparison to a man’s love, how his love is like nature’s beauties, impermanent and transient. Her views on love are the result of her unrequited love for men. dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd ddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd ddddddd dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd dddddddddddddddddddddddddddf f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f ff f f f f f f f f f f f f f ff f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f

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