If Thou Must Love Me

La feminista victoriana que amaba a Homero – Courbett Magazine — Libros,  Ilustración, Cultura y Diseño
Elizabeth Barret Browning

Task 1: She was called “the feminist Victorian writer”. Do some research and tell me why. (write answers in your folder to be discussed later)

Task 2: Poem

If Thou Must Love Me

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say
I love her for her smile … her look … her way
Of speaking gently, … for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’—
For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,—
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou may’st love on, through love’s eternity.

Listen to the poem

Task 3: What is the poem about? Watch the video and read the webpage. Take notes of background, themes, tones, literary devices used to put meaning across and structure.

This webpage will also help you to understand the poem


Task 4: Take the quiz to prove yourself

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