Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England)

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How Do I Love Thee?


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
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  • Sj Holland (8/8/2013 9:13:00 PM)

    Mrs. Browning begins to count what is uncountable. She contains what is not containable. And she shows through her effort to define, that her love breaks every boundary that will every exist. Her poem is an admirable attempt to define a growing, all-consuming yet dignified love. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/8/2012 2:03:00 PM)

    This is an almost idolatrous love – she equates her love with that of the soul devoted to the search for the divine.

    She focuses her love from several sources into a pure intense flame of total devotion. What man could stand such a flame I do not know!

    This is a passionate woman – she does not mention physical love yet one can infer that it is included in this love, though subject to it. This love will continue past the age of sexual desire. (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (8/8/2012 10:53:00 AM)

    Viewed thru the prism of our post-modern world,
    I see this love poem full of snark;
    written on a lark-
    it ends on a note dark
    enough to make my skin curl. (Report) Reply

  • Brett Strotman (6/13/2012 12:42:00 AM)

    Probally one of my favorite poems I've ever heard before in my life. It's a really beautiful and peaceful poem. I love it. A+ (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (8/8/2011 7:44:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poems ever written, the expression of affection has nothing confusing or contradictory about it. It is merely and expression of love that will continue after death, if that be possible. Elizabeth Barrett Browning in my opinion, was a much better poet than her husband. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/8/2011 4:24:00 AM)

    Elizabeth loves Browning more than words can describe it and has better said in detail in this fine sonnet! (Report) Reply

  • Rekha Mandagere (8/8/2011 2:39:00 AM)

    Great write! Love is not just a passion but devotion and its boundary cannot be defined. Fantastic expression of love which is unique and eternal need of mankind. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/8/2011 12:52:00 AM)

    A quiet hard task poet took himself on his shoulder to define the measurment of loving passion. Very hard specially for a poet who naturally and hardly speaks truth. And when they speak truth that is also so contradictory common reader becomes confused. Obviously for this reason after a long try of illustrating the unit, poet utters the final and ultimate dialogue...I shall but love thee better after death....Great relief. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Zarindast (8/6/2011 11:21:00 AM)

    Elizabeth Browning actually wrote this poem in response to a poem written to her first, by her husband, Robert Browning. (Report) Reply

  • Ruth Rayment (8/8/2010 7:14:00 PM)

    Im sure this was the famous verse that was read in the movie Keeping Mum.... Im so sure of it.. if so I have been looking for this poem for agessss... so glad i tracked it down I love itttt xxx x (Report) Reply

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