Compare the way love is presented in ‘Sonnet 43’ and ‘Ghazal’
Both poems, Sonnet 43 and Ghazal convey emotions and passionate feelings of love in different ways. Sonnets and Ghazals are poem that are meant to express strong feelings of love. Khalvati and Barrett Browning chose them to illustrate their loving feelings to their lovers. Barrett Browning does not correctly carry out all the rules of Sonnets in her poem which gives an effect that she would do anything for her lover and that there are no rules to their love, whereas Khalvati does not break any of rules in Ghazal, this might, perhaps mean that her love is unrequited and that she would follow all the rules to get the attention of the person she loves.
Barrett Browning and Khalvati use a wide range of poetic techniques in their poems to emphasize their feelings of love. In Sonnet 43, Barrett Browning makes the use of anaphora, which is the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase to establish the tone regarding love, for example she repeats the phrase “I love thee” through out the poem. This gives an effect that her love for him has no boundaries and that she loves her partner in many different ways and she is listing some of them in her poem it also reinforces how much she loves him, whereas in Ghazal, the use of anaphora is not to the same extent. She repeats, “If I am” often throughout the poem to link herself to the person, showing perhaps that her love is unrequited. Khalvati uses the idea of assonance to create possibly a rhythm to the poem, such as “blow through me. If I am the rose and you the bird, then woo me.” In these sentences, “through”, “you” and “woo” all have the same ending sound, this makes it catchy for the reader and is also a way of rhyming, it also gives a very passionate feel to the poem. Barrett Browning also uses the technique of rhyming in Sonnet 43, which gives the same effect.
In Sonnet 43 Elizabeth Barrett Browning expresses her love to her husband through a...
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