Queen Elizabeth conveys the speaker’s relationship with her inner self in her poems “I grieve and dare not show my discontent” and “when I was fair and young.”
In her poem “I grieve and dare not show my discontent” she conveys the speakers conflicting emotions through paradoxical statements. Although the speaker feels “love [she is] forced to seem to hate” the person she loves. This portrays that the emotion she is showing is not quite how she feels, which displays that she is not facing her emotions because her position of high power. In Queen Elizabeth’s poem she illustrates that the speaker is disguising her pain through paradoxical statements.
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