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tennisjodie | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 19, 2009 at 10:42 PM via web

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I need examples of personification and simile in Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and "Remembrance" by Emily Bronte.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 19, 2009 at 10:41 PM (Answer #1)

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Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 is the famous "How Do I Love Thee?" poem. She uses several literary devices in this sonnet, including rhythm, meter, and alliteration. As for personification (attributing human characteristics to an inanimate object) and simile (a comparison using the word "like" or "as"), I can find no examples in this poem. You might count lines 7 and 8, where she compares her love to men who strive for Right and those who turn from Praise, as similes:

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

However, that seems like a stretch to me.

The same is true of "Remembrance," by Emily Bronte. There is a definite rhyme scheme (ABAB), loads of imagery, and other literary devices. However, there is neither personification nor simile in this poem.

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