Sonnet 14 - If Thou Must Love Me, Let It Be For Nought Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 14 - If Thou Must Love Me, Let It Be For Nought

Rating: 3.6


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If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
'I love her for her smile—her look—her way
Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day'—
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry,—
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kevin Straw 09 December 2009

This is a pretty meaningless poem. It is a poem of one who is extremely doubful of her self-worth. Unconditional love is only given to babies - we love them whatever. Adult love is always conditional, and should be. If you love someone for no reason, then there is no reason for them to do anything to earn that love. Even God's love is conditional in the end.

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Paul Brookes 09 December 2012

What a beautiful poem this is and I think the poet is saying you should love unconditionally for all the other things looks, sweet nothings and material things are superficial and are empty and are conditional those things. Unconditional love is the deeper love that endures all the vissitudes of life and not dependent on looks or material wealth. Childish you may think it Mr Straw but its the only kind worth having.

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Deborah Cromer 09 December 2009

Elizabeth believed in true love. Robert believed in Elizabeth. They had so much love between the two of them. The power and force of pure love created from them both, can be found in their poetry. Elizabeth captured Robert's heart with her writing. He loved her before he ever even met her. This poem and these words are incredible.

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Grissell M 10 December 2009

'If thou must love me, let it be for nought....' amazing...tohching

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Ramesh T A 09 December 2009

Love for love's sake is the best policy of life one should adopt forever in life to enjoy true joy and peace and develop to the best one can in this world! Hats off to Elizabeth Barrett Browning for this grand policy of love and for all to follow so!

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 02 January 2022

A beautiful and powerful poem of love. Great closure lines.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 10 November 2021

Love for Love's sake! Marvellous Sonnet by Elizabeth Browning!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 10 November 2021

When I gave this poem 5 Stars again, the automat said that I had given once 5 Stars

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Sylvia Frances Chan 10 November 2021

Rereading this poem full of passion by the greatest Victorian era Poetess makes me still adore her poems and her personality. One has to live especially for the one he/she loves, as mirrored in this most beautiful poem

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Brook Renwick 10 November 2021

This is so romantic and I wonder if it is from the 1800s?

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