It also shows how easily nature can change her mood from being serious; to suddenly excited and childish as It goes on to say about Voluble ecstasy- an energy of life. Also, she ‘palpitated’ when she saw the White butterflies’ which both mean that her excitement is profound, thus showing that Barrett Browning used Aurora to portray how important and precious the land is to her. Throughout the self-referential poem, there Is a vast amount of naivety, where Aurora fails to see what is happening around her as she is so enchanted by nature.
The poem suggests that she is educated as it says, We read’ and ‘scholars’ which shows that she sees herself as a clever, Intelligent woman, when she is actually letting nature over-rule every part of her life, showing that she Is different to how she sees herself and how she comes across. It also links with feminism, as it was normally the men who learnt how to read and were educated. Towards the end of the extract, there Is polystyrene and exclamation marks which show her exhilaration.
It also shows the major contrast between Aurora and Rooney: Who says there’s nothing for the poor and vile/Save poverty and wickedness? Behold! ‘ suggests that Rooney sees the big picture and Is concerned about the future of mankind and sees the problems In the real world whereas Aurora says that whether we are rich or poor, we can all enjoy nature because God made it beautiful and good ND powerful. This shows Just how naive she is as she thinks everything is fine Just Decease nature Is a marvel, snowing Just now dear Barrett Browning mace ten Lana to Aurora.
The difference between Aurora and Rooney are imperative when looking at the importance of land because of the different values they have about it. Aurora becomes over-ruled by nature whereas Rooney softens his brows and ‘bore with’ her showing that he means well and that he knows she does not know the ways of the world and that other things are more important. The words Aurora uses to describe tauter are all very positive, she uses click© personification, ‘happy violets hiding and ‘primroses run’ to describe the flowers.
From ‘As poets use’ onwards it is evident that she is getting more excited about what she is seeing as the sentences get longer and more lists start to form so that she can tell the reader everything she is seeing. There are many sensual ideas, ‘gardens smelling, ‘smell of orchards’ which suggest she is using every part of her body to enjoy all the different wonders of nature, her senses of smell, sight, hearing: the thrushes’, touch: ‘ankle-deep in English grass’ all show owe much Barrett Browning wanted to portray Just how much the beauty of nature and the hills’ and Vales’ are important to Aurora.
The latter poem, first published in 1845 shows how the poet casts himself as the role of a homesick traveler who has a yearning to be home again in England. It is an autobiographical dramatic monologue where Browning shares his feelings about living in Italy in contrast to England, which he much preferred and he expresses this love by writing the poem in an inverted sonnet like structure. The first stanza, in April is about the significance of spring bursting forth, ‘Oh, to be in England’ opens the poem with a longing, dreamy desire. Now that Aprils there’ shows that he wants to be there ‘now and it is important to how he feels in the sense that there is a contrast between the April weather in Italy to the April weather in England. Whoever wakes in England/Sees, some morning, unaware,’ shows that the people living in England should respect the land they live on and not take it for granted because they don’t see the beauty as they have it, but when it is gone, it will be appreciated. The ‘elm-tree’ and ‘orchard’ suggestions show how rooted he feels to England. His exclamation, ‘In England – now! Shows that there is nothing like an English Spring and that you have to be there, like he wants to be, to understand what it is like. The lack of full stops in the first stanza emphasizes his craving of England and how it Just bursts out of him. Browning was very clever in representing how important the land, or England was to the individual in the poem. The second stanza or part II is after April, showing the change in seasons and the progression through time in nature. As summer is beginning to arrive, the tone is more bouncy with the rhyming couplets.
It starts with the alliteration of ‘And after April’ which shows that although he is missing England immeasurably, he is not willing to move back because he probably already would have done. Stanza two also NAS a lot more Naples’s In It as en Is reminiscing on netter times. His former happiness is shown through the amount of detail he goes into which is a contrast to the first stanza. There is lots of fragile imagery with the ‘Blossoms and dewdrops’ as he is shocked at how clever nature is at being so beautiful and the first fine careless rapture’ although an unusual combination, has a soft tendency.
Like Aurora Leigh, there is some personification of flowers as they ‘Lean’ and are ‘bent’ which also helps to understand his yearning and loving to be back in England because when you want something, you tend to lean towards it. The Wise thrush’ is a typical English bird where the Wise’ hints at being superior to all other birds which means that England is superior to all other places. It is a typical springtime scene in the English countryside, with the singing birds and the blooming flowers which are references to new, fresh life. ‘And though the fields……… Ekes anew shows not only that time is still moving along, UT that the field is asleep and when the morning comes, it suddenly comes alive with color and life like the a season over night, it suggests that the mid-day tide takes away all of the ‘hoary dew, or, when waking up to the English countryside, it takes away all of the bad that has happened. The reference to the ‘buttercups’ portrays simple imagery and a sense of happiness linked with childhood and the last line with the ‘gaudy melon-flower’ shows that Italy is too bright for him and how simple yet beautiful England is.
It shows that the melon flower is Just for show whereas the delicacies of the English flowers are ‘Far brighter’, therefore they create more impact in their simplicity. All of this shows that Browning was portraying Just what the persona was missing and what he remembered that was important to him. There are two main lexical groupings in this poem where Browning shows the love for England. There is the group of birds, which suggest freedom and his want to fly back home, and the way he describes the song of the thrush is magical in the sense that ‘he sings each song twice over’ and he finds it amazing that he can ‘recapture’ the song.
The second group is of plant life, which represents new life blossoming and how he is rooted to England and the personification suggests the yearning to go back. In comparison, both Aurora Leigh and the persona in ‘Home-thoughts’ are enthralled by the beauty of the English countryside. They both use flowers and birds in nearly the same way, as Aurora uses the thrushes’ magical song to not only sidetrack her from Rooney to nature, but the same as Robert Browning as he uses the song to encapsulate the fact that it brings the persona’s to life and makes them excited to hear it: ‘rapture! And ‘shook my pulses’.
In contrast, Aurora Leigh tends to use more sensual ideas by using smells and touch as well as sight and sound whereas ‘Home-thoughts’ is based more on sight and sound. Also, ‘Home-thoughts’ focuses on time passing by and the yearning to be in a different place whereas ‘Aurora Leigh’ focuses on the deictic, the here and now and ten want to stay In Tanat place Trotter . Inner Is also a sense AT loneliness In ‘Home- thoughts’ because there are no people or partners in it, whilst Aurora Leigh has Rooney and she talks about ‘cottage-chimneys smoking which represents other arms of human life.
There is also a strong contrast between the two poems because ‘Aurora Leigh’ focuses somewhat on other issues such as feminism and her utter ignorance towards famine and poverty and other political issues whereas ‘Home- thoughts’ focuses purely on the desire to be back in England. In conclusion, both poems vividly portray how precious and important land can be to the individual’s that are Aurora Leigh and the persona in ‘Home-thoughts’. Aurora portrays it through her naivety and excitement at nature and in ‘Home-thoughts’, by the way he craves to be back in his home land.