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.
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.
I agree with the above comment.
Anyone who is truly in love with their spouse will take this as their own.
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+
She wrote this poem to God
and yet: I shall but love thee better after death, so very TRUE because she felt her approaching death. God was with her!
Just wanna show you all HOW very beautiful and touching are her words....the words of one of the greatest female poets, one of the gretest Poetesses, and she herself could not walk according to what she ever wished!
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.