04.05: Love of a Wife \"How Do I Love Thee\" - Literary Elements Example from Poem Significance to Poem or Impact on Poem Simile I love thee

04.05: Love of a Wife "How Do I Love Thee" - Literary...

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Literary Elements Example from Poem Significance to Poem or Impact on Poem Simile “I love thee purely, as men strive for right.” This compares love of freedom to men striving to do the right thing. But men don’t always make the right choice, sometimes they make decisions that are morally wrong, but they feel that they must. So this brings the question of love really being free or not. Repetition “I love thee” In the beginning, the speaker says she will count the ways she “loves thee”. As a reader he can understand what this means to her. Religious Allusion “I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints As she got older she lost her interest in religion. She thought she lost the ability to love anything as much as religion. However she finds that love again when she speaks about her husband. Departure from form of Shakespearean sonnet “For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love She uses a different rhyme scheme (abba-
thee to the level of everyday’s most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.” abba). This creates repitition and emphasizes the love she feels. Similarity in form to Shakespearean sonnet “Smiles, tears, of all my life!- and , if God choose, i shall but love thee better after death.” She ends her poem with a couplet that is alike to Shakespeare’s sonnets. This causes the reader to think about her words. Alliteration “I love thee with a love I seemed to lose.” She uses this to emphasize the love she feels towards her husband. Consonance “In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.” She is using consonance to accentuate the past to reflect the love she feels now. Tone “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” From the very beginning of the poem, she uses literary devices, such as the ones we covered in this analysis, to emphasize the tone.

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