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Elizabeth Barret Browning's Treatment of Love Depicted in Her Poem, "How Do I love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways"

Love is a special gift given by God to every human being. Love is a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude towards a person, rising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness. Love is also defined as a feeling of intense desire and attraction towards a person with whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance (http://dictonary.reference.com/seach?q:love. May 2004). From the above definitions, it can be concluded that love is an intense emotional feeling that relates to an attachment.
Every individual has his/ her own definition to explain what love is. It depends on the person in interpreting the love; it may be either an attachment or a sexual desire, or both of them. But love is more than a hug, a kiss, and feelings of desire. Love can be showed through a sensitive attitude, caring and sincere action, then emotionally love will appear and grow up. However, love is an emotional feeling that cannot be …

Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens

Sunday Morning
by Wallace Stevens
The poem asks the question, "What is the relationship between death and beauty?" Does death degrade beauty or enhance it? The title refers to the resurrection on Easter Sunday, how death led to a greater beauty. Some critics suggest that the poem is a denunciation of the Easter resurrection; rather than being at church, the character in stanza one is lounging amidst the sensual beauty of her surroundings.
In stanza one, Stevens offers a picture of beauty. Remember that his wife was a beauty queen and not a great wit; she didn't appreciate or understand his poems.
In all of the following stanzas save for the final two, he asks a question and then answers it with imagery that implies an idea.
In St. II his question is: "Why should beauty die?" He answers it with a series of questions and images that offer this idea, I think: Divinity (which is linked to death) comes to us in material beauty when we're alive; likewise, it's …