Comparison of Remember and Sonnet Essay

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Comparison of Remember and Sonnet

Many parallels can be drawn between 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti and 'Sonnet' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, however at the same time there are distinct contrasts apparent.

The title 'Sonnet' -or often commonly known as 'How do I love thee'- obviously introduces the piece in sonnet form. A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem in iambic pentameter with a carefully patterned rhyme scheme. The Italian or Petrarchan sonnet, named after Francesco
Petrarch, an Italian poet from the thirteenth century was introduced into English poetry in the early sixteenth century and has been widely used ever since. Its fourteen lines break into an octet and a sestet, differing from the convention of the English
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In 'How do I love thee', there is much less of an argument and no Volta whatsoever. Although it is a Petrachan sonnet -in that it has fourteen lines starting with an octet and followed by a concluding sestet- the writer has kept the piece on the same line of thought throughout, simply describing how she loves.
Through poetry, one is completely capable of expressing complex emotions and ideas in words and forms that appear simple, and that exactly reflects this poem. It is simply laid out in sonnet form, with no apparent change -just an accumulative way of divulging emotion, but it hides passionate depth that is not at all illustrated in its simple title -Sonnet- that describes its form, or in its structure. So,
'Remember' and 'Sonnet' are both sonnets but differ in their structural texture as 'Remember' is Petrachan, has a Volta, and conventional persuasive subject matter whereas 'Sonnet' does not have a Volta and remains in a descriptive nature throughout. The titles of poems can often reveal a lot about the content of the pieces. Here, the title 'Remember' brings immediately a central idea of remembrance to act as a chief theme. Throughout the poem, this key word is repeated, bringing across the concept firmly.

When comparing these two poems, one must consider the speakers. Here, in both cases the reader is aware that the author is female however in neither text is this femininity strikingly clear. If the
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