Sonnets from the Portuguese

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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I need a brief summary of "Sonnets from the Portuguese 6: Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand".

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"Sonnets from the Portuguese 6: Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning is written in the form of an Italian or Petrarchan sonnet. It consists of fourteen lines of iambic pentameter, with some metrical substitutions. In rhyme scheme, it consists of an octave rhymed ABBAABBA and a sestet rhymed CDCDCD.

The poem is a love poem in the first person. The speaker addresses the beloved directly as "you". In the poem, the speaker commands the beloved to depart but says that despite the beloved departing physically from her door, she will always feel the shadow of his presence and that no matter the length of time or distance that separates them, the beloved will always be part of her. Although they may be separated in body, he is now part of her heart and spirit. 

The poem was written during Robert Browning's courtship of Elizabeth and reflects the intensity of their relationship, despite her family's opposition to it.

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