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In The Cross of Snow by HW Longfellow and in Sorting Laundry by Elisavietta Ritchie there is a common theme loneliness Longfellows poem reflects his loneliness after his wifes death in the fire of their house and Ritchies poem first describes how she needs and loves her lover Afterwards she expresses how she is worried of losing him In both of the poems the writers have found their soul mate Longfellow has lost her and he loves her so much that he is haunted by her and Ritchie is thinking to their wonderful relationship and understands that she will never endure being separated from her lover In their poems they both express their infinite love towards their lover In Ritchies poem her feelings may not be extremely explicit however doing laundry is normally a painful and repetitive task which becomes annoying in the long run but Ritchie is not suffering from it she enjoys it For each piece of laundry she pictures a moment of their relationship or think at delightful thoughts of her lover It has been recycling week after week head over heels recapitulating themselves121 17-18 Instead of being exhausted as sorting laundry normally does she is rejuvenated week after week To have this feeling when you do the laundry you dont have to be only in love with someone you must be madly in love with himher Longfellows love for his wife is as powerful as Ritchies if not greater He doesnt see his wife as his kindred soul or as his tender lover like Ritchie instead he describes her as an angel The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light Here in this room she died and soul more white Never through martyrdom of fire was led4-6 Although he is depressed because of his lovers death his words can make her be alive again Loneliness often strikes when you have lost someone important or when you are
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