Analyze and identify the figurative language in "Sonnet 43" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning uses many different aspects of figurative language in "Sonnet 43," outside of the more typically used ones.

First, she uses apostrophe. Apostrophe is where a poet evokes or speaks to someone who is absent, or not present. Here, she opens the poem speaking to an absent person. Readers can assume that the poem is meant to address a love in a reflective way, perhaps reminiscing about their time together and what the future may bring.

Second, Browning uses anaphora. Anaphora is the repetition, at the beginning of a sentence, or in this case a poetic line, for effect. Lines 2, 5, 7, 8, and 9 all begin the same way: "I love thee."

One could also argue that ubi sunt is present in the poem. While ubi sunt typically appears as a series of questions about fate, and Browning only poses one question, the message of a fleeting life is apparent. As the poem progresses, one could justify that Browning speaks of how love changes over the course of one's life. This could be best...

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