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
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Form: Sonnet


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

  • (8/8/2013 4:09:00 PM)


    The most perfect Love poem ever written. (Report) Reply

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  • Kevin Straw (8/8/2012 2:03:00 PM)


    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.
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  • (8/8/2012 10:53:00 AM)


    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.
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  • Godfrey Morris (8/8/2012 8:34:00 AM)


    awesome poetry for real (Report) Reply

  • Brett Strotman (6/13/2012 12:42:00 AM)


    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+ (Report) Reply

  • (10/17/2011 2:25:00 PM)


    Anyone who is truly in love with their spouse will take this as their own. (Report) Reply

  • Allemagne Roßmann (8/8/2011 3:42:00 PM)


    Bull Durham`s Durham queen.Written well. (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (8/8/2011 7:44:00 AM)


    This is one of the best poems ever written, the expression of affection has nothing confusing or contradictory about it. It is merely and expression of love that will continue after death, if that be possible. Elizabeth Barrett Browning in my opinion, was a much better poet than her husband. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/8/2011 4:24:00 AM)


    Elizabeth loves Browning more than words can describe it and has better said in detail in this fine sonnet! (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2011 2:39:00 AM)


    Great write! Love is not just a passion but devotion and its boundary cannot be defined. Fantastic expression of love which is unique and eternal need of mankind. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/8/2011 12:52:00 AM)


    A quiet hard task poet took himself on his shoulder to define the measurment of loving passion. Very hard specially for a poet who naturally and hardly speaks truth. And when they speak truth that is also so contradictory common reader becomes confused. Obviously for this reason after a long try of illustrating the unit, poet utters the final and ultimate dialogue...I shall but love thee better after death....Great relief. (Report) Reply

  • (8/6/2011 11:21:00 AM)


    Elizabeth Browning actually wrote this poem in response to a poem written to her first, by her husband, Robert Browning. (Report) Reply

  • Ruth Rayment (8/8/2010 7:14:00 PM)


    Im sure this was the famous verse that was read in the movie Keeping Mum.... Im so sure of it.. if so I have been looking for this poem for agessss... so glad i tracked it down I love itttt xxx x (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2010 2:33:00 PM)


    touch down
    that is all i have to say
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  • (8/8/2010 5:38:00 AM)


    The first line is like a vein of gold, in the mine shaft of the poetry world. (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2010 5:27:00 AM)


    forever is just too long. (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2010 10:34:00 AM)


    This Poem Reminds Me Of Kylie Macfarland My Favorite Lady And Why I Love Her So Much (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/8/2009 4:35:00 AM)


    Contrast 'I shall but love thee better after death.' with Auden's strange 'I thought love would last for ever/I was wrong'. (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2009 12:47:00 PM)


    l like this poem so much. it is focus on a sort of exaggeration of the powerful of naturing of love. (Report) Reply

  • p.a. noushad (7/4/2008 3:51:00 AM)


    love its beauty shines and its fragrance spreads int eternity. (Report) Reply



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