English 1302 M01
March 15th, 2015
“Let me count the ways”
Two songs performed by Tupac Shakur; “Unconditional Love” and “Dear Mama” all have great messages in them that show a parents love for their child. Tupac speaks of how he appreciates and loves his mother after all of the situations and barriers she faced when he was growing up; why he admired her strength and still loved him unconditionally; very similar to Elizabeth Barret Brownings piece. The poem “How do I love thee” is about a parents love for their child because of the imagery, plot and characters displayed.
One example in the writing is “I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candle-light” (Browning 5-6). What this means is the mother loves her child to the extent of every single second from the beginning of the day all the way through sundown. Another example of the mothers love for the child is “I love thee with the passion put to use in my old grief’s, and with my childhood’s faith” (Browning 9-10). This line means the love this mother has is as much as the excitements she had as a child and passion referring to a whole combination of desire, anger and all of her emotion. This poem shows more than just imagery, another element Browning used was the characters she portrayed.
Another reason this poem is about a parent referring to her child is because of the characters she uses. In line 13-14, Barret says “and if god choose, I shall but love thee better after death”. This line describes a little bit of her relationship with god and that her child’s love even after her time has come to an end will extend even further and strongly blossom. Another line that describes the characters is “I love thee freely, as men strive for right “(Browning, 7). This line means the love expressed is equal to how helping and second nature it is when doing the Right thing like opening doors for woman, helping a person off the ground etc. and don’t expect...