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Sonnet 14 - If thou must love me, let it be for nought Analysis

Author: Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning Type: Poetry Views: 1891

Sonnets from the Portuguese1850XIVIf 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 thereby!

But love me for love's sake, that evermore

Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity.


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I think the poem talks about the importance of loving and being loved.Not because someone love\'s you doesn\'t mean he/she truly loves you. I think it is just eros if you love somebody by his outside appearance.

| Posted on 2012-04-10 | by a guest

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The poem has a Petrarchan Sonnet\'s rhyme scheme. abba baab cdc dcd. The poem was written by a woman and was a way to encourage men to love and court women in the right ways.

| Posted on 2012-03-13 | by a guest

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this is about young love and how i goes.i love this story i could relate to it because anthony cook loved me for my smile i want him to love me for naught as i states in the text

| Posted on 2011-03-27 | by a guest

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning elusively describes a romantic moment in this poem. This poem express the thoughts of a woman wondering what a man loves about her. For example, the poem proclaims, “Except for love’s sake only, Do not say, / “I love her for her smile—her look—her way.” The young woman described in this poem wants her lover to love her not for her smile, her look, and her way, but for her personality.

| Posted on 2011-02-14 | by a guest

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I love her use of the word \'love\' in the closing couplet; they truly give closure to the poem. In the second and fourth uses, she is referring to holy love, god\'s love, (echoed in sonnet 63), adding to and emphasising the recurring theme within her poetry of eternal love. \"But love me for love\'s [god\'s] sake, that evermore Thou mayst love on, through love\'s [god\'s] eternity. *sniffles.

| Posted on 2011-02-12 | by a guest

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I think what it just means is that true love is not on the appearances. True love is on the heart which will never change even in for the rest of their life. Unlike the others, that just love somebody because of something others don\'t have. I\'m deathheart676 ! seriously, i just broke with my girlfriend and I\'m not over with her !!

| Posted on 2010-09-23 | by a guest

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The main meaning of this is dont love for the apperance yet love for the heart. Love is everlasting but the things you love a person for can change. Love should be internal rather that external.

| Posted on 2010-03-24 | by a guest

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She wants to be loved for something deeper than looks, she wants her lover to look beneath all of that and see what it is that she really is.
This shows that she knows that love is more than many think that it is, she knows that love is about personality and a good friendship and meaning within the couple.

| Posted on 2010-02-24 | by a guest

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I agree, I agree with the author's view!
I believe that true love is unchangeable no matter how wrinkles grow upon lovers faces.

| Posted on 2009-12-02 | by a guest

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Her love is sentimental and she accepts the same form her lover. It mirrors personal ideas of love and the true meaning of "LOVE"

| Posted on 2009-04-17 | by a guest

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I don't think Elizabeth is showing fear or insecurity at all here. She is claiming to be above physical attraction and meaningless relationships. She wants true love, love for the sake of love, with nothing else to get in the way. She says the compliments and reassuring physical quips are easy and comforting, an trap nonetheless to fall into, but love is greater than that. Even a love that has become comfortable and dependable can be dangerous, because love can be lost that way. She just wants a true, stable, genuine love that isn't hindered by any of the mortal traps that many before have fallen into. In a way, she's seeking something impossible, a perfect love that humans are incapable of, but a she acknowledges the flaws and offers a solution.

| Posted on 2009-03-31 | by a guest

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The rhyme scheme this Petrarchan sonnet is: abba abba ccc dcd. The first eight lines have two sets of rhyme arranged in four-line units. The last six lines can vary in pattern with two or three rhymes used. Most sonnets introduce the idea in the first eight lines. In the next four lines it develops the idea and then in the last two lines it summarises the idea and reaches a conclusion. The sonnet was originally written about love to impress and court a woman.

| Posted on 2008-06-30 | by a guest

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This poem is also about love, but is approached from a different angle compared to Let Me Not. The poem If Thou Must Love Me is a poem about making sure that one loves someone for the right reasons. E. B. Browning touches on making sure that she is not loved for pity, or because they think alike, or because of any appealing physical attributes. She talks about how those reasons for love are purely superficial, and that as they change, so would the love. This poem shows true insecurity on Elizabeths part, and a possible fear of being loved, or not being worthy of love.

| Posted on 2006-02-22 | by Approved Guest

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i think this poem's main theme is love. i think that is is trying to say that love should be for their personality and not just because of how they look. In other words it is saying that love is stronger when it is about a person's personality and not just for a characteristic that can change. I think this poem has a good point and is really good. Some literary devices used in this poem is personafication and rhyming. This poem is a petrarchan sonnet which sonsist of 14 lines of rhyming and these lines divide into an a octave(first eight lines rhyme) and a sestet last six lines also rhyme.this poem makes a strong point becasue by using personafication it makes love not just be a feeling but it makes it be a feeling that is important because it is given human qualities. pesronafication is shown in lines 14-15 "love's sake" and "love's eternity".

| Posted on 2004-09-27 | by Approved Guest

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