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

  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/27/2020 1:13:00 AM)

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    I love thee to the depth and breadth and height.....10(Report)Reply

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  • Blue Moon (12/28/2019 10:56:00 AM)

    The entire world cannot help but take notice Smile,the light so bright,their love.(Report)Reply

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  • Sandra Feldman (11/30/2019 12:42:00 AM)

    After this
    Nothing on Love
    Again
    Should ever be
    Writ.(Report)Reply

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  • ajaypal singh (11/5/2019 6:15:00 AM)

    there shall be showers of blessing pprary(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/23/2019 1:22:00 AM)

    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

    greatest poem
    one of my favorite
    great 10+++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Manpreet SinghManpreet Singh (4/14/2019 6:41:00 AM)

    I shall but love thee better after death.
    One of the greatest and most beautiful poems of all time.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (3/24/2019 11:39:00 PM)

    (2) A supertalented woman of her period and age, but now it has become a FACT that this is immortal already during her own life, from the very start. EBB is a very learned woman and despite her constant pains, God has given her so many talents. Though she is invalid the rest of her life, Robert Browning fell in love with her and married.her. A poem full of superlatives in adoring the lover. A poem right from her heart.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (3/24/2019 11:39:00 PM)

    The same as Sonnet 43 written by EBB too. In fact no difference, same content only two different titles. Most beautiful, most touching and most read by readers, since it is such a loveliest poem, created by EBB and inspired by her husband, at that period is she alreadt world known and famous, and he was still an unknown poet. See(2)(Report)Reply

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  • Molly Perumal South Africa (2/14/2019 7:39:00 AM)

    My hubby, then boyfriend, wrote this poem 35 years ago for me, I never knew love like this before
    awesome- only last night after watching (When calls the Heart) , this poem was written to get 2 people together
    I only learned about the writer today,(Report)Reply

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  • Jamie JC (12/1/2018 11:21:00 AM)

    Love taught me so much about myself and how much I could be able to open up to someone i love(Report)Reply

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  • Damian M Cole (11/27/2018 2:37:00 AM)

    Very beautiful. It drew me in so much that I had to pull away. You truly have a gift.(Report)Reply

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  • namati (11/26/2018 12:33:00 AM)

    very nice very beatifull meaning...(Report)Reply

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  • zach moore (11/19/2018 9:05:00 AM)

    the poem is over rated it has 11 syllables in the 5th line.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (11/11/2018 2:27:00 AM)

    Reflection of true love which is ageless and timeless.
    Great poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Nancy (11/6/2018 5:39:00 PM)

    A very expressive as well as very deep poem about a woman's love fr her man of her dreams. A difficult poem to understand.(Report)Reply

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

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

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  • yessamintegio (7/15/2018 8:10:00 AM)

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

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  • Leela chatterjee (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

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2001

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 12, 2001


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