In Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Sonnet 43" she writes, "I love thee freely, as men strive for right." This is a simile because she compares the freedom of her love for the addressee with the natural human impulse to "strive for right." The speaker loves her loved one freely, without restriction or compromise, and this love is as natural and commendable as the human impulse to follow one's conscience.
Browning also includes another simile with, "I love thee with the passion put to use / In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith." In this simile, the speaker compares the passion of her love with the energy she used to put into her old enmities and her old grievances, and also with the innocence and purity associated with childhood. Her love is thus something at once energetic and innocent, determined and pure.
In the second and third lines of her sonnet, Browning also personifies her soul when she writes, "My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight / For the ends of being and ideal...
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