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If Thou Must Love Me ElizabethBarrett Browning became a well-known poet before she met her future husband Robert Browning in 1845 Before that time she had been an invalid and a recluse Although her father was vehemently opposed to their marraige the couple eloped in Italy It was here that Barret Browning wrote a series of sonnets for her husband which were published in 1850 under the title Sonnets from the Portuguese Among these poems If Thou Must Love Me expresses Barrett Brownings wish for her husband not to love her for things which may fade but for loves sake only In line one and the first part of line two Browning states that if he is to lover her she hopes that her husband loves her for no other reason than for love itself In the latter part of line two through line six she states that she does not want to be loved for her smile look way of speaking or for a similar trick of personality that would make her easy to be with In line seven and the earlier part of line eight she explains that all of the before mentioned things could change at least in his eyes in the latter part of line eight and line nine she points out that since these may be changed love that is for these may change also in the latter part of line nine and line ten she expresses her wish for her husband not to love her for pity In lines eleven and twelve she says that he may forget to pity her and loose his love In lines thirteen and fourteen she says to love her for loves sake so that he can love her forever Browning does not use many images or figures of speech in this work to make of the poem clear and simple This poem is written in the form of a love sonnet The rhyme
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