Two Views of Love - Promises Like Piecrust

aE She continues with a declaration of how essentially necessary and vital this love is with, "I love thee with the breath Smiles, tears, of all my life .aE In Rossetti's poem, the first image provided is in the title "Promises Like Pie-CrustaE implying that love's promise is as fragile as a thin piecrust. She continues with other images that confirm her reluctance to pursue a loving relationship: "Let us hold the die uncast Free to come as free to go.aE She also references sunlight, but here she differs from Browning in that it is a remembrance of another time, another love: "I, so cold, may once have seen Sunlight, once have felt the sun.aE Her poem ends with the sad observation, "If I promised, I believe I should fret to break the chain,aE which does not speak of love as something desirable, but rather, as a state of bondage.



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