I Think of Thee (Sonnet 29) Literary Elements

I Think of Thee (Sonnet 29) Literary Elements

Speaker or Narrator, and Point of View

The speaker is an individual expressing their feelings and yearnings towards a particular lover. The narration is in first-person point of view.

Form and Meter

The poem is an Italian sonnet comprising of an octave and a sestet. It is written in iambic pentameter.

Metaphors and Similes

The speaker incorporates aspects of the natural world to express her feelings and desires. The trees and vines act as metaphors to the speaker’s thoughts and the love she harbors for her beloved. Therefore, the descriptions of nature reflect the state of their connection and passion.

Alliteration and Assonance

“Because, in this deep joy to see and hear thee”


The speaker acknowledges that the more she fantasizes and obsesses about her lover the more she feels disconnected and far away from him.


Petrarchan sonnet


he poem is not set in a physical space but takes place in the speaker’s thoughts.


Romantic; Vulnerable

Protagonist and Antagonist

The protagonist of the poem is the speaker. The antagonist is her thoughts that mar the reality of the romance.

Major Conflict

The speaker is afraid that she might get lost in her idealizations and spoil the true love she has for her beloved.


The climax occurs when the speaker manages to cease her obsessive thoughts because she is physically close to the lover.




In the last line, the speaker declares that she is free of her thoughts since the lover is now close to her. The reaction is understated compared to the passion displayed while yearning for his presence.


The speaker is vulnerable and confesses her true desires without restraint rejecting the social norm. Henceforth the poem alludes to the subversion of the decorum and subtlety that defined Victorian society.

Metonymy and Synecdoche



The speaker personifies her thoughts by asserting they are out of control since they “twine” and “bud” akin to vines.


In the opening line, the speaker exclaims the remark “I think of thee!” to overemphasize the romantic thoughts that consume her.


"Shattered” and “Rustle” are examples of onomatopoeia.

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