Analysis Of ' How Do I Love Thee?

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The Concept of Love in Poetry Overtime For this essay I chose to analyze the theme of the concept of love in poetry overtime in three different poems. The poems I chose are, “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “General Review of the Sex Situation” by Dorothy Parker, and William Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”. The three poems are set in different times, which shows how the concept of love has changed overtime. Love is an unexplainable feeling of affection towards a person. Throughout the ages, love as a concept has changed and varied. Although the concept of love in society changes, love has always been discussed in arts much like literature and poems’ focusing on how important love is in the end and how important it is to mankind. “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” by William Shakespeare written in 1609 is the oldest poem of the three being discussed. The poem is a strange one and may seem like the furthest act of love. Which to me, is why it is such a strong love poem and why I picked it. “I have seen roses damasked red and white / But no such roses I see in her cheeks,” (lines 5-6). It is actually kind of funny because we love to compare our loved ones to something beautiful to give them compliments or to make them feel good about themselves and here the speaker is saying that his mistress’ cheeks are not at all similar to the color of roses which in society are deemed beautiful. Although it may seem that he is…
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