Critical Analysis of Poetry - Sonnet 14

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English Advanced Assessment Task 3 Critical Study of Poetry If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love’s sake only. Do not say ‘I love her for her smile-her look-her way Of speaking gently, -for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’- For these things in themselves, Beloved, may Be changed, or change for thee, -and love, so wrought, May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry, - A creature might forget to weep, who bore Thy comfort long, and lose thy love nearby! But love me for love’s sake, that evermore Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity. Does love have the ability to last for…show more content…
The man is clearly in love with her, he just needs to find a way to express his feelings. Throughout the poem the persona is uncertain of the feeling her lover has towards her. She is unsure whether to trust this man and commit herself fully to him. If she decides to leave him she may save herself heartache, but she also may miss out on what could have been the best moments in her life. She is also hoping the man is simply not loving her out of pity. The persona does not want to be loved for the superficial qualities that can change and are unreliable. She wishes to be loved for love’s sake, as she believes this is the only love that can last for eternity. Love is usually perceived as something wonderful that has the ability to last a lifetime, and war is quite often thought of as a physical battle. This poem shows that love and war can be one in the same. You cannot experience the joys of love without experiencing the pain of war. I also believe that you do not have a choice who you fall in love with and if you love someone enough you can always make it work. The poem ‘Sonnet 14’ shows that love does have the ability to last for eternity, if both people are willing to fully commit themselves to the relationship. Barrett Browning conveys this throughout the poem as well as proving the point that to be human is to experience the paradox of love and war. You haven’t lived if you haven’t experienced the passion and
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