Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

How Do I Love Thee? - Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, -- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • (10/9/2018 5:12:00 AM)


    Can I ask guys Just for my study what is the moral lesson of this poem (Report) Reply

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  • Madhabi Banerjee (8/15/2018 1:20:00 PM)


    yes, I love thine poem truely. and i love thee toooooooooooo. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (7/16/2018 10:31:00 PM)


    Sublime love.👌👌👌10+++ (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2018 8:10:00 AM)


    ano ang ibig sabihin ng how do i love thee (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2018 1:45:00 AM)


    Loving one with the breath, smile and tears of her life shows the depth of her love. (Report) Reply

  • (6/3/2018 9:30:00 PM)


    Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (5/3/2018 9:56:00 AM)


    A profuse profession of love by Browning.
    Poem embellished with the Italian sonnet rhyme scheme pattern of abba abba cdc, cdc

    SYLVA-ONYEMA
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2018 9:52:00 AM)


    To my Sweetheart (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2018 5:50:00 PM)


    Love the poems. I want5a poem that is about why am i black (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2018 5:55:00 PM)


    One of my favorite poems of all times. She and her spouse most definitely had great an for one another! (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2018 3:14:00 PM)


    loved the poem a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/8/2017 6:02:00 PM)


    The most permanent love poems ever read. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (11/13/2017 11:31:00 PM)


    A great and extraordinary poem about love.
    Sylva.
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2017 2:20:00 PM)


    Lovely. I regard this as a favourite. (Report) Reply

  • Sanjukta Sahoo (9/4/2017 11:56:00 PM)


    In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
    I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better after death.
    Nice poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Anita Aparajita Das (9/1/2017 1:33:00 PM)


    With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better after death.
    Love this poem. Thanks poet.
    10.
    (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/29/2017 2:12:00 PM)


    I love with a passion put to use
    In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
    I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better after death.
    A great love poem.
    10++
    (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (1/26/2017 1:23:00 PM)


    An unquestionable love.
    Flowing freely in the bones and marrows of the poet.
    Nice poem!

    Sylva-Onyema Uba.
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2017 2:03:00 PM)

    tom allport
    love has no measure? it makes the world go bonkers. (Report) Reply

  • R Soos (11/20/2016 6:15:00 PM)

    Ha ha!
    kept thinking dumb dumb dumb - especially after reading emily dickinson - until I got to the last line! Fine sense of humor, this browning woman. =: -) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2001

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 12, 2001


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