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If thou must love me

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If thou must love me

  1. 1. If thou must love me Lucia Caviglione and Abril Teran Frias
  2. 2. Poem
  3. 3. Form & Structure The poem If Thou Must Love Me is a sonnet. A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem with a normal rhyming pattern in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme in this sonnet is abba/abba/cdc/dc. This sonnet If Thou Must Love Me is a combination of Petrarchan and Shakespearean conventions.
  4. 4. Explanation The poem begins with the speaker declaring she does not want to be loved for any reason other than for love’s own sake. She doesn't want her lover to love her for her smile, her voice or her looks, as these things are liable to change over time. The speaker hopes that her lover will love her simply because he does, as this love will not be “unwrought” by time. No matter how hard one works for love, if it is based on physical characteristics, it will not last forever. The personna desires a love that will last through “eternity.”
  5. 5. Analysis “If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love’s sake only. Do not say, “I love her for her smile—her look—her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought In the beginning of the poem, the speaker tells her lover that if he loves her it should not be for any other reason than the simple fact that he loves her. The speaker lists the ways in which she does not want her lover to justify his love for her. She does not want to be loved for “her smile-her look- her way of speaking gently”, but just for who she is.
  6. 6. A sense of pleasant ease on such a day”— For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may Be changed, or change for thee—and love, so wrought, May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Although the similarity of their thoughts brings “A sense of pleasant ease” it is still not a reason to be loved, as thoughts may change. If they do not find real reasons to love one another rather than present day characteristics, then their love may be liable to change over time. The speaker would rather not be loved, than risk this in the future.
  7. 7. Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry: A creature might forget to weep, who bore Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! But love me for love’s sake, that evermore Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.” The last lines of this sonnet conclude the speaker’s ideas about love and reaffirm her initial request. Although he has given her comfort in the past, something that she appreciates, she knows it is not enough. She wishes for her lover to love her for “love’s sake” only, not anything else, as this is the only way to assure that their love will last through “eternity.”
  8. 8. Connection to “Heart and Mind” After reading and analysing the poem, we realised that we can connect this sonnet to a poem we read some years ago called “Heart and Mind”. This poem explored two different, and quite opposite, types of love: the love from the mind which is the attraction you feel for a person only for their physical appearance and temporary qualities. This is like a flame, it eventually consumes. However, the love from the heart is the one which persists, it’s the one that is true and it's the most important one, as it endures through passing of time. We connected this two poems as the author of “If thou must love me” deals with the same ideas; she wants someone who loves her not because of her beauty, but for her soul, for the way she is. She wants this love because she know it’s the true love that will last forever.
  9. 9. Repetition, alliteration & personification Repetition: The word ‘love’ is repeated in the poem at least ten times. It is used by the poet to highlight the importance of this word in this poem, and foreshadowing one of the themes. Moreover, it makes reader focus on what the author is trying to transmit, how love should be, which is the kind of love that lasts forever and its eternal. Alliteration: “...comfort LOng and LOse the LOve” Personification: love is personified “love’s eternity” and “love’s sake” in order to express its importance to the reader.
  10. 10. Themes Love (temporary love vs. eternal love): This poem exposes the idea that love must not be based on physical characteristics, as these qualities fade with time. Love should last forever and such kind of love can only exist when love is simply felt for a person and not considering looks. Women Rights: During the Victorian period, women did not have the right to vote or had any right to own property. They were not given the right to study and were not treated equally to men. Therefore, Barrett Browning was against these social and gender differences. In this poem she mocks the idea of courtly love. Her sonnets give importance to the thinking of women and not to the male-dominated society. In the sonnet, If Thou Must Love Me, the speaker wants her lover not to love her for superficial qualities or out of pity but for what she is as a person. Thus this poem questions the idea of a woman and demands the right of women to speak and to be heard.
  11. 11. Tone Idealize: The speaker throughout the poem idealizes the perfect way of being loved. The speaker wants to transmit that physical characteristics do not matter, what really endures and survives eternity is love from the soul, which comes from fully accepting the other person. Message
  12. 12. Important quotations ● “If thou must love me, let it be for nought” This is the first line of the poem and we consider it is really important as it is presenting us the main topic of this poem; it is presenting us the author’s first thought. The author is saying that she doesnt want love unless its true and comes from the heart; not from appearances. ● “Love me for love’s sake” This quote we can found it at the end of the last stanza. The author in this quote is saying that she doesn’t want any kind of love that it is not based on “love's sake only” as it is not worth it. She wants a true love which can last forever. ● “A sense of pleasant ease on such a day” I consider that this is an important quotation as the author it’s saying that although they might share thoughts and ideas which is really important as they create a bond and makes them strengthen their relationship, it’s still not a reason to be loved as her thought might end up changing.

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