Unwavering Love in the Poems of Browning and Bradstreet
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This paper analyzes and compares Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee" and Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband." The paper notes that although these love poems were written two centuries apart, they share the concept of unwavering love, the sense of being completed by one's mate, and the testament that true love never changes over the years and will always satisfy. The paper explains that Bradstreet's poem has more intimate tone because she composed it for her husband, while Browning describes love in far-reaching metaphors, often showing religious overtones. The paper concludes that the poems share the bond of utter devotion, and that the authors allow readers to see the unique depths of their love through metaphors, symbols, mood, and tone.
From the Paper:"The intended audience is different for each poem; in "To My Dear and Loving Husband," the poet is speaking directly to her husband as opposed to making a more declarative statement as we see in "How Do I Love Thee." Bradstreet is speaking directly to her husband and Browning is speaking to readers. This difference does not diminish the effect of either poem but it is significant when examining strategy. We can look at Bradstreet's poem as more personal in that she might not have intended this poem for public consumption and even if she did, she still chose to address her husband directly, giving him all of her attention. Bradstreet's poem is also composed with a mood and tone of humility, indicating that the love she shares with her husband is invaluable."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bradstreet, Anne. "To My Dear and Loving Husband." Text. City: Publisher. Year.
- Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. "How Do I Love Thee?" Text. City: Publisher. Year.
Cite this Comparison Essay:
Unwavering Love in the Poems of Browning and Bradstreet (2010, July 14) Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/unwavering-love-in-the-poems-of-browning-and-bradstreet-128349/
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