Compare and contrast the structure and poetic elements of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Sonnet 43" and Gerard Manley Hopkins' "God's Grandeur."

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Both "How do I Love Thee" and "God's Grandeur" are sonnets, poems of 14 lines. Both use rhyming words at the end of lines: Barrett Browning uses word pairs such as "height" and "sight" or "light" and "right," while Hopkins uses words such as "foil" and "oil." Both split their sonnets into two parts: the first part eight is lines, the last six. Hopkins actually breaks his poem with a space after line eight to indicate a pause. Browning indicates the shift by a change in her rhyme scheme from rhyming couplets to ABAB rhymes.

Hopkins is more innovative in his use of language, relying heavily on alliteration and assonance for rhythmic effect. Alliteration means using the same consonant repeatedly at the start of words grouped near each other. This repetition creates a rhythmic effect and draws attention...

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