Links to “Hour”? “Sonnet 43” By Elizabeth Barrett Browning ‘First’ Reading What kinds of themes and ideas are evident? Are there any patterns? Is there anything notable about language/structure/form? What do we think it’s fundamentally ‘about’? Poetic Form and Structure What is the form of this poem? How do you know? What’s problematic? Poetic Form and Structure Analyse the structure of the poem closely with regard to: Rhythm and metre Rhyme / half-rhyme Punctuation Development of argument Italian (Petrarchan) Sonnet 14 lines Two parts forming a compact ‘argument’: First eight lines = octet: problem Rhyme scheme abba abba Ninth line = volta: turn in mood, tone, or stance Last six lines= sestet: resolution Rhyme scheme possibilities vary: c-d-e-c-d-e c-d-c-c-d-c c-d-c-d-c-d Look for these concepts: Abstract and concrete Difficult to define / easily defined Attitudes to love Time Religious imagery Innocence and experience Noteworthy Grammar Have a look at grammatical function words such as: Verbs Pronouns What do you notice?