Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poems

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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
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

Sonnet 14 - If Thou Must Love Me, Let It Be For Nought


If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say

Sonnet 43 - How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height


SPEAK low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet
From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low
Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so
Who art not missed by any that entreat.

A Woman's Shortcomings

She has laughed as softly as if she sighed,
She has counted six, and over,
Of a purse well filled, and a heart well tried -
Oh, each a worthy lover!

A Dead Rose

O Rose! who dares to name thee?
No longer roseate now, nor soft, nor sweet;
But pale, and hard, and dry, as stubble-wheat,---
Kept seven years in a drawer---thy titles shame thee.

Change Upon Change

Five months ago the stream did flow,
The lilies bloomed within the sedge,
And we were lingering to and fro,
Where none will track thee in this snow,

A Curse For A Nation

I heard an angel speak last night,
And he said 'Write!
Write a Nation's curse for me,
And send it over the Western Sea.'

The Cry Of The Children

Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers,
Ere the sorrow comes with years?
They are leaning their young heads against their mothers---
And that cannot stop their tears.

A Man's Requirements


Love me Sweet, with all thou art,
Feeling, thinking, seeing;

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poems and Quotes! Meaning of the How Do I Love Thee Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) was a respected and widely read British poet of the Victorian era. Her life was characterized by tragedy, grief, and deep love. She wrote a lot of really long poems, some of which were practically books long (like Aurora Leigh). Some of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's most exquisite long and short poems will be published in this sharing.

Poemhunter.com answered some questions. What is Elizabeth Barrett Browning's most famous poem? What poems did Elizabeth Barrett Browning write? What poems did Elizabeth Barrett Browning write? Here, Structure and Form of How Do I Love Thee Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning…

Elizabeth Barrett, who was raised in England with luxury and culture, started composing poems seriously before she was even a teenager. In the 1830s, her cousin John Kenyan introduced her to the British literary community, and soon her individual poems were well-known and regarded there.

What is Elizabeth Barrett Browning's most famous poem?

A reverential description of two angels who were witnessing the Crucifixion may be found in The Seraphim. Although critics saw the original content, they criticized the ambiguity and irregularity of the rhyme.

The Romaunt of the Page and other ballads were published the next year, and when she was 35, a comprehensive anthology of her works, beginning with the Drama of Exile, was published.

What poems did Elizabeth Barrett Browning write?

Her debut collection, Poems (1844), became a worldwide hit and established her as a literary icon. The 1845 publication A Drama of Exile and Other Poems solidified her renown. Here, you can find the poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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1820: The Battle of Marathon: A Poem. Privately printed
1826: An Essay on Mind, with Other Poems. London: James Duncan
1833: Prometheus Bound, Translated from the Greek of Aeschylus, and Miscellaneous Poems. London: A.J. Valpy
1838: The Seraphim, and Other Poems. London: Saunders and Otley
1844: Poems (UK) / A Drama of Exile, and other Poems (US). London: Edward Moxon. New York: Henry G. Langley
1850: Poems ("New Edition", 2 vols.) Revision of the 1844 edition adding Sonnets from the Portuguese and others. London: Chapman & Hall
1851: Casa Guidi Windows. London: Chapman & Hall
1853: Poems (3d ed.). London: Chapman & Hall
1854: Two Poems: "A Plea for the Ragged Schools of London" (by Elizabeth Barrett Browning) and "The Twins" (by Robert Browning). London: Chapman & Hall
1856: Poems (4th ed.). London: Chapman & Hall
1856: Aurora Leigh. London: Chapman & Hall
1860: Poems Before Congress. London: Chapman & Hall
1862: Last Poems. London: Chapman & Hall

Posthumous publications

1863: The Greek Christian Poets and the English Poets. London: Chapman & Hall
1877: The Earlier Poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1826–1833, ed. Richard Herne Shepherd. London: Bartholomew Robson
1877: Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning Addressed to Richard Hengist Horne, with comments on contemporaries, 2 vols., ed. S.R.T. Mayer. London: Richard Bentley & Son
1897: Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 2 vols., ed. Frederic G. Kenyon. London:Smith, Elder,& Co.
1899: Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett 1845–1846, 2 vol., ed Robert W. Barrett Browning. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
1914: New Poems by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ed. Frederic G Kenyon. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
1929: Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Letters to Her Sister, 1846–1859, ed. Leonard Huxley. London: John Murray
1935: Twenty-Two Unpublished Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning to Henrietta and Arabella Moulton Barrett. New York: United Feature Syndicate
1939: Letters from Elizabeth Barrett to B.R. Haydon, ed. Martha Hale Shackford. New York: Oxford University Press
1954: Elizabeth Barrett to Miss Mitford, ed. Betty Miller. London: John Murray
1955: Unpublished Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Hugh Stuart Boyd, ed. Barbara P. McCarthy. New Heaven, Conn.: Yale University Press
1958: Letters of the Brownings to George Barrett, ed. Paul Landis with Ronald E. Freeman. Urbana: University of Illinois Press
1974: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Letters to Mrs. David Ogilvy, 1849–1861, ed. P. Heydon and P. Kelley. New York: Quadrangle, New York Times Book Co., and Browning Institute
1984: The Brownings' Correspondence, ed. Phillip Kelley, Ronald Hudson, and Scott Lewis. Winfield, Kansas: Wedgestone Press

What poems did Elizabeth Barrett Browning write?

Poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning;

To Flush, My Dog
A Dead Rose
To George Sand, a Desire
“The Cry of the Children”
The Lady’s Yes
My Heart and I
A Man’s Requirements
A Musical Instrument
The Soul’s Expression
Patience Taught by Nature
Cheerfulness Taught by Reason
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

How many poems has Elizabeth Barrett Browning written?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote and published well over a hundred poems. She tended to publish her poetry in collections and published 13 collections before her death. Some of her most renowned works are "How Do I Love Thee?" from her Sonnets from the Portuguese collection and her epic poem Aurora Leigh.

Meaning of the How Do I Love Thee Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

‘How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways,’ or ‘Sonnet 43’ is one of Browning’s most famous poems. 

In "Sonnet 43," Browning engages issues of love, devotion, and relationships. by Elizabeth Barrett, "Sonnet 43" Browning talks about devotion to her husband. The speaker of the poem expresses her unwavering devotion for her sweetheart. She believes that God would enable her to continue to love him after she has passed away since she loves him with all of her being.

This poem has an audience. It is stated that this listener was probably her husband, Robert Browning. Browning lists many reasons why she loves this person. The poet uses a variety of nature-based parallels throughout the poem as its vocabulary gets increasingly metaphorical to precisely and movingly portray her love.

At the poem's conclusion, as the speaker discusses how long and strong their connection has been, death is brought up. She hopes that God will allow her to love her partner even in death. It becomes clear at the end that her love is a spiritual one as much as it is a romantic one.

Structure and Form of How Do I Love Thee Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

According to poemanalysis.com reviews, ‘Sonnet 43’ is classified as a sonnet because it contains fourteen lines of poetry and has a fixed rhyme scheme of abba abba cdcdcd. This is the traditional pattern of a Petrarchan sonnet, one of the two major sonnet forms. (The other is the Shakespearean sonnet which rhymes ABABCDCDEFEFGG).The poem also makes use of the usual metrical pattern associated with standard sonnet forms, that is, iambic pentameter. This means that each line contains five sets of two beats. The first of these is unstressed and the second is stressed.

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