I Think of Thee (Sonnet 29) Background

I Think of Thee (Sonnet 29) Background

“I think of thee” is a poem by one of the influential Victorian era English poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Aside from in her home country, Elizabeth had a considerable influence on the American stage of poetry, which is noticeable in the poets and their poetry after her, one of the examples being Emily Dickinson.

“I think of thee” is a sonnet from her collections of sonnets and, as many of her others, is concerned with the theme of love. This poem presents a more obsessive sort of love, where the speaker of the poem has no other thought or occupation but the lover. This love is shown through the metaphor of wine twining around a tree.

The poem takes on an abrupt change in the middle and towards the end-the speaker of the poem decides it is best to let the green bands of wine fall and renew the presence of the tree. The ending suggests that there is no need for obsessive thoughts which suffocate the lover, when the lover is already there, close to the speaker.

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