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Love Is In The Air Essay

806 words - 4 pages

The poems “To My Dear and Loving Husband” written by Anne Bradstreet and “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning are both poems about unconditional love and adoration. Even though these women had hardship and trying times in their own lives they were still able to construct these highly regarded poems of genuine love. When comparing and contrasting these two poems I find that one is written to a specific person while the other is to an unidentified loved one, each poet uses imagery and symbolism differently to convey their meaning, and both share true devoted commitment to their loved one.
On one hand, both poems are similar as they both are written about someone they love completely. Yet they are different in such a way that Anne obviously is speaking to her husband. When Anne references “thee” in line two, “If ever man were loved by wife, then thee”(Literature for Life 508), I am confident she is referring to her husband, and also the poem's title also clarifies for the reader. Where as, Elizabeth is more open with her poem making me wonder who she is exactly talking to. There is no line in the poem affirming who the poem is meant for. I’m going to speculate she has written this poem for her husband as well, since learning more about the author Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I found out that she had eloped with her fellow poet Robert Browning in 1846 (Literature for Life 509). And yet Anne’s poem could be written about her husband but for other women to read considering line four, “Compare with me, ye women, if you can”(Literature for Life 509). In other words, this could mean she wrote the poem for many readers, such as other married women, so they could measure Anne’s deep love for her husband to their own.
Undoubtedly, both poets use imagery and symbolism in their own way to emphasize their passion. In line seven from Anne’s poem, “My love is such that rivers cannot quench”(Literature for Life 509), uses this imagery to express just how substantial her love is for her husband. Elizabeth uses an allegory in lines five and six, “I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candle-light” (Literature for Life 509), this meaning, she is declaring her love...

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