The Comparison Of Two Love Poems

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The poem “How Do I Love Thee”, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed”, by Edna Vincent Millay are both well-known poems that both have themes of love. (LIT, Kirszner & Mandell, Pg. 490). In both poems the poet helps the reader experience a lot of emotion with the use of certain words. There are speakers in both poems. In Mrs. Browning’s poem, the speaker is undefined, leaving open that the speaker could be a he or she. Millay’s poem which is written in first person, the speaker is more defined leading the reader to believe it is a she who is talking about love in the past tense. Both poems are sonnets written with fourteen lines, and written in Italian style. ...view middle of the document...

” (14, Pg. 490, LIT). The best example of the use of metaphors in Mrs. Browning’s poem would be, “With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath /Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose”. (12-13, Pg. 490, LIT). The use of these metaphors brings out a feeling of deep love and emotions to the reader. The amazing use of certain words can change the emotion of any poem.
Words are used to bring out emotion throughout the poem, “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed”, by Edna S. Vincent Millay. And like Mrs. Browning, Millay uses rhyming words at the end of the sentences in this poem, but she also uses past tense words like, “forgotten” and “unremembered”, in the sentences throughout the poem to invoke the presence of the past. (2, 7, Pg. 490 LIT). Both poems change the tone of the poem when they reach the last sentence. But Mrs. Millay’s changes by using a present tense word, “A little while, that in me sings no more.” (14, Pg. 490, LIT). The speaker in this poem seems to be very sad about the past and how it has affected her present life. The poet’s usage of these metaphors, helped to bring out the emotions in this poem. For example what mornignstar18 said, “These metaphors though may...

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