Analysis Of `` Sonnet 43 `` By Elizabeth Barrett Browning And Cousin Kate

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I have chosen “Valentine” By Carol Ann Duffy, “Sonnet 43” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and “Cousin Kate” by Christina Rossetti.

Christina Rossetti the author of “Cousin Kate” was an English poet. It is a poem about love, like sonnets in Romeo and Juliet, The poem is a monologue which is singularly addressed to “Cousin Kate”. The poem features a rhyme scheme of two, four, six, and eight. Cousin Kate’s structure follows this narrative, telling the story of the relationship the the cottage maiden had with the Lord, then the betrayal, and finally, in the last few lines, the twist ending, of the narrators son.

The poem suggests that a young woman has been neglected by a “Great Lord” which then chose to mislead her due to her being just a lowborn “cottage Maiden”. Then one day the “great lord” noticed her Cousin Kate, the poem explains that she came across “pure” which made him cast aside the cottage maiden, and marry Kate instead. This results in the cottage maiden being expressed as bitter but would not do the same if their positions were reversed, finally towards the end of the poem the cottage maiden shows her revenge, her son, by the great lord. But cousin Kate is unable to have children, or does not, this is shown clearly. The whole poem gives off an impression of an unequal relationship.

The first stanza contains a use of rhetorical questions, it gives the effect that she is within a conversation. It also seems that the cottage maiden is needing an answer for what has…

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