Category : Poetry Study Aid: If Thou Must Love Me Sonnet 14: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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If Thou Must Love Me
 Sonnet 14
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth
Barrett Browning is a Victorian
English poet whose literary
eminence essentially depends upon Sonnets from Portuguese, a
collection of 44 sonnets that expresses her deep love for her future husband
Robert Browning. If Thou Must Love Me is one of the sonnets from Sonnets
from Portuguese
.


 
The poem sets out with the poet calling for
her lover not to love her merely for the sake of love; but love her truthfully
and unconditionally. She enjoins him not to love her for outward or visible aspects
but for her essence so that the love will be true and genuine. Furthermore, she
tells her lover not to love her for her appearances or smile which will deteriorate
with the ravages of time. She then asserts that he should not love her for her
manner of speaking or for her gentle voice.
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