Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Durham / England
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Durham / England
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How Do I Love Thee?

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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.
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Varsha M 24 January 2021
These words are really beautiful. So well penned. I shall love thee, if God choose...so very well penned.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 23 January 2021
Classic Beauty of an Immortal Poem, CONGRATULATIONS with The Classic Poem Of The Day. My fav. poem all time! Great Beauty of a Poem!
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Dr Dillip K Swain 23 January 2021
Pure love.... Pure love.passionate
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Dr Dillip K Swain 23 January 2021
I love the purely. I shall love thee better after death
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marina 08 December 2020
It still makes me teary, even 30 years after first coming across it.
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John S 15 November 2020
One of the most famous and endearing quotes “how do I love thee? let me count the ways.” Elizabeth uses many abstract analogies to list and describe the way she loves her beloved. Her love is a pure love, a free love, and a passionate love. Of course, the topper, her love is immortal. This is a sonnet in iambic pentameter.
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Dr Antony Theodore 02 October 2020
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. very good poem of Elizabeth Browning. tony
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Suryendu Chaudhury 25 September 2020
Love being a feeling can't be measurd quantitatively as pointed out in the poem. Perhaps eternity can be a better judgment of love because the body wears out but the soul stays.
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