Yes I have enjoyed Elizabeth's countdown of love for many many years. I especially like how she sneaks in 'I love thee with the passion put to use' Who can resist the bold advance of such a naughty girl. Although sonnet 38 is so much more daring after the opening 'First time he kissed me, he but only kissed The fingers'. My favourite lines here?
‘The third upon my lips was folded down
In perfect, purple state; since when, indeed,
I have been proud and said, 'My love, my own.' Go girl, he really laid that one on you. However I am confused Shielda, what is this To George Sand: A Desire all about?
‘Self-called George Sand! whose soul, amid the lions
Of thy tumultuous senses, moans defiance
And answers roar for roar, as spirits can:
I would some mild miraculous thunder ran
Above the applauded circus, in appliance’ But secretly I do believe I know, the answer to the riddle is A Recognition, yes or no?
How can one love another one is well said in this beautiful sonnet by Elizabeth Barret! This love will indeed continue unabatedly both in sorrow and joy and also after death! Wonderful poem!