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Sonnet 43, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Sonnet 43, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
We have analysed different poems on the theme of Love. Read and discuss Sonnet 43, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and work in pairs to find the correct answers to these questions.

  
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1.  A sonnet is a 14-line poem with a specifc ...
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2.  Sonnets originated in ...
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3.  Poets often wrote their sonnets as part of a series, with each sonnet a sequel to the previous one. For example, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) wrote a series of 154 sonnets on the theme of love. 
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4.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) wrote a series of 44 sonnets, in secret, about the intense love she felt for her husband-to-be, poet Robert Browning. She called this series ________________________________, a title based on the pet name Robert gave her.
5.  The rhyme scheme of "Sonnet 43" is as follows: 
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6.  The first eight lines of a sonnet are called an octave; the remaining six lines are called a ___________.
7.  The octave presents the theme of the poem; the sestet offers a solution if there is a problem; provides an answer if there is a question;or simply presents further development of the theme. 
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8.  In Browning's "Sonnet 43," the octave compares the intensity of the love she felt while writing the poem to the love she experienced earlier in her life. The sestet compares her love for her husband to the love of religious and political ideas.
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9.  ."Sonnet 43" expresses the poet’s intense love for her husband-to-be, Robert Browning. So intense is her love for him, she says, that it rises to the spiritual level, as shown in lines ___________________.
10.  She loves him freely and purely, without 
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11.  She even loves him with an intensity of the suffering, as shown in line 10.
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12.  She loves him in the way that she loved saints as a child. Moreover, she expects to continue to love him after ______________.
13.  The dominant figure of speech in the poem is
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14.  This repetition builds rhythm while reinforcing the theme. 
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15.  The following are examples of ___________________. thee, the (Lines 1, 2, 5, 9, 12). thee,they (Line 8)  soul, sight (Line 3)  love, level (Line 5)  quiet, candle-light (Line 6)   freely, strive, Right (Line 7)  purely, Praise (Line 8)  passion, put (Line 9)  griefs, faith (Line 10)  my, my (Line 10)  love, love (Line 11)  With, with (Line 12)  lost, love (Line 12)  lost, saints (Line 12)  Smiles, tears (Line 13) (z sound)  smiles, all, life (Line 13)  shall, love (Line 14)  but, better (Line 14)  but, better, after (Line 14)
16.  Which line of the poem is the most meaningful to you? Why? Explain in about 50 words.
17.  Visit the following webpage. Find out information about this poet and discuss, in about 200 words, why you think this poem shows her deep emotions and her suffering. http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/ebb/index.html
18.   Watch this video. How effective is it to portray the tone, the feelings and the theme in this poem? Would you have chosen a different image and song? why?  Discuss in about 200 words.
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