Sonnet 24 is similar to others in the collection of Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese. Written as part of the collection that is meant to express a deep love to her husband, the sonnet's focus is on the love between both. The driving force of meaning in the sonnet is the idea that the love shared by these two individuals can serve as a shelter or sanctuary from the pressures and demands of the world. The opening metaphor of the knife depicts these stresses that lie outside the comforting grasp, which is meant to be the love shared. This metaphor is continued throughout the poem, most prominently demonstrated when the world "stabs" without any impact on the "lilies of life." Other examples of alliterations can be seen in the use of words such as "worldings," "weak," and "whitely."