IGCSE: 'How Do I Love Thee?' ("Sonnet 43") Elizabeth Barrett Browning + ANSWERS + STUDY GUIDE)

This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021…

The handout includes:

  1. Short biography and introduction to the poet - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  2. The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis.

  3. Introduction to Romanticism in Literature (relevant to a better understanding and appreciation of the poem).

  4. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions.

  5. Food for thought, i.e. essay style questions designed as exam practice or to elicit an essay-style response.

  6. Additional Graphic Organiser to analyse the poem (for an alternative approach to analysis, and to complement the close-reading & analysis of the poem.

  7. Detailed MODEL ANSWERS to the comprehension, close reading, and analysis questions.

  8. Extensive Studgy Guide to the poem, designed to help students in their revision for the exams, including the following:

  1. Poem Summary
  2. Analysis
  3. Themes
  4. Poetic Form and Devices

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Created: Oct 18, 2018

Updated: Mar 8, 2019

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