Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Go from me. Yet I feel that I should stand

Browning writes the sonnet in first person and begin by sending a man away from her speaker. Though she sends him away, she’s quick to point out that she will never be free of him or his shadow. She begs him to leave her alone even though she admits that she will not be able to even “lift my hand/serenely in the sunshine as before.” Browning uses the word doom to illustrate the hopelessness that she feels and illustrates the concept of heart break by begging him to leave her heart alone “with pulses that be double.” In the end, she points out that whatever she will do or dream of in the future will always include him. Finally, Browning shows the reader that this man is ingrained deep within her by using the analogy that wine “tastes of its own grapes.” The last lines that include God makes me consider the idea that this individual is not just a long lost significant other but rather a significant other who is also dead.

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