Summum Bonum And Women's Poetry Analysis

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One of the recurrent themes in the poetry of all times is the celebration of the woman’s beauty. The question one must ask is, must a woman’s beauty jeopardise her chances of emancipating herself from patriarchy? Is Browning’s celebration of a woman’s beauty an end in itself or it is a means towards the attainment of higher goals or both? What is the link between beauty and feminism and religion and feminism or simply beauty, religion and feminism in Robert Browning’s poetry?In this paper we are going to discuss poems which celebrate a woman’s beauty as an end in itself as seen in the poems “Poetics”, “Summum Bonum”, and “Women and Roses” as well as poems which celebrate a woman’s beauty not as an end in itself but as a means of achieving higher spiritual truths

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