Wordsworth v Browning

Topics: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poets, Sonneteers Pages: 3 (800 words) Published: September 29, 2014

The Power of Happiness
As Christopher Morley once said ,“there is only one success - to spend your life in your own way”. Similarly, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and William Wordsworth both have successfully happy lives, although they are consoled in different ways. In both “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Browning and “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud” by William Wordsworth, there is a common theme of happiness depicted through the use of diction, however, Browning presents reasons as to why she achieves happiness from a physical human companion, whereas in Wordsworth’s, he discusses how his happiness comes from the inanimate prospects of nature, both using similes and personification to relay this to the reader.

In “How Do I Love Thee”, Browning lists the multitude of ways she loves her husband. A theme of happiness pervades through the entirety of the poem as she describes this love she has with her husband. Browning states “my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight, for the ends of Being and ideal Grace” (3-4). Through the personification of her soul, Browning reveals her dependence on her husband for her happiness, not that this is necessarily a bad thing. She simply cannot fathom living without him, therefore making him the source of her happiness. Along with the use of personification, Browning depicts her love for her husband through multiple similes. She “love[s] thee freely, as men strive for Right” (Browning 7), indicating her natural and free love for her husband. While other people and things in life take work and persistence, loving him comes easily and naturally to her. Similarly, she “love[s] thee with the breath, Smiles, tears of all [her] life” (Browning 12-13), continuing to show her everpresent and constant love for him with the use of enjambment. One could grasp the love and devotion she has for her husband in this one line where she essentially says he is everything to her. Browning also states “…and, if God choose, I shall...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • wordsworth Essay
  • V. S. Naipaul and B. Wordsworth Essay
  • V Essay
  • BROWNING Essay
  • Browning Essay
  • Wordsworth Essay
  • Muir and Wordsworth Essay
  • Essay on William Wordsworth

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free