Elizabeth Barrett Browning, And yet, because though overcomest so

Browning’s give her readers glimpses into her love affair. Many begin and end at various points, with no perspective. It makes me see them as letters to one person whose replies have not survived. This sonnet is no different. In the beginning, Browning addresses her lover and accuses him of being “more noble and like a king.” This accusation makes him seem arrogant and makes me think that she thinks he is above her or at least imagines him to be. Browning’s speaker struggles with her emotions and her self-worth as illustrated by her regal references as well as the last line in which she states “make thy love larger to enlarge my worth.”

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