Critical Essay on "How Do I Love Thee?"

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Final Critical Essay What is love? Love knows no reasons. Love knows no lies. Love defies all reasons. Love has no eyes. Love is not blind; it sees but it doesn't mind. Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Love is so easy to feel, so hard to explain; easy to get, so hard to let go; easy to spell, so hard to define. Love is an emotion that consists of three components; intimacy, passion and commitment, it is an emotional and physical feeling which takes over your whole state of mind and how you feel. There are many definitions and views of love, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary has ten definitions for love in it but it seems as though it doesn’t have any good definitions of love. However I carefully searched …show more content…

This approach is used to find the purpose and meaning, the setting, and theme of the poem. Along with the dramatic approach, planned survey is used as a description tool. This provides the analysis of this artifact with structure and stability. Elizabeth Barrett Browning inspired many with her work, and was recognized by many famous poets and authors because of the series of sonnets. There was a book written about her called _“How Do I Love Thee? Ladies of History Series # 4” _by Nancy Moser. One famous American poet, Edgar Allan Poe was so inspired he borrowed some of the poem’s meters and used them for some of his poems. He went on to review her in an issue of Broadway Journal_ _and stated “her poetic inspiration is the highest, we can conceive of nothing more august. Her sense of Art is pure in itself." She also influenced Emily Dickinson, who admired her as a woman of achievement. American journalist, and author Lilian Whiting believes that she is “the most philosophical poet” and that this poem was “distinctively purposeful”, and was borne of a more “honest vision”. Elizabeth is admired and respected by so many that she was honored by the University of Worcester and a building named was named after her. Not only was she known to the literature world, she was also acknowledged by the general public, this poem was featured in the animated Peanuts television special, _Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown._ Later she was bought to


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