Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Durham / England
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Durham / England
Monday, January 13, 2003

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

Rating: 3.5

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say


Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sylvia Frances Chan 01 March 2021
But love me for love's sake, that evermore Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity. Congratulations being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day! Reading one of EBB's poem is oft interesting, From such a passionate inside and a heart full of passion.5 Stars!
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Ravi Kopra 01 March 2021
mohabbat agar tum muj se karna chahtay ho/to karo mohabbat mohabbat k liyay hi/kisi aur baat k liyay nahin
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Mustafa Bellek 01 March 2021
Nice Poems
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John S 12 November 2020
Very intelligently written poem. Love her for naught but love’s sake. Love her not for superficial reasons like looks and the way she talks. For love can be unwrought by time. looks fade and people change so love her for loves sake and they can love for all eternity! How romantic. Rhyme: ABBAABBACDCDCD. Iambic pentameter sonnet I think.
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Adeeb Alfateh 23 July 2019
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! great and great and great great write 10+++++++++++++
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DragonRecoil 22 October 2018
Tis a very beautiful display of affection yet many don't know why i cry even though thy am shy
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Raghu RN 26 June 2018
All the things are difficult before easy
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Margaret Hamburger 08 February 2018
For John
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Chinedu Dike 14 January 2017
Beautiful portrayal of the essence of true love - a mighty spiritual experience that affects one profoundly.
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James Corro 25 May 2016
Love the person because you love him/her, not because of pity and attraction. Then, this gives the meaning of forever.
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Clarity of saying of love with beautiful expressions.
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Frances Janusz 30 April 2015
Love is not a choice, it's a compulsion. If you can explain your love by giving reasons for it then it is decision. Decisions are more easily changed than feelings. We control our decisions. Our feelings control us.
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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 09 December 2014
Love only for love's sake that is all. The great poem from the great poetic mind.
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* Sunprincess * 09 December 2013
these first lines are beautifully written ~If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love's sake only.~
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Ameena K.g 09 December 2013
This poem has such a beautiful meaning to it
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Kay Staley 09 December 2013
Typical sonnet with 14 lines and shaky rhyme scheme. Would have good imagery if we still talked like that and understand he restraints of emotions people in those days were forced to have. The author is demanding to be loved for love's sake not superfluous things that people are often loved for. This type of love is desired so it will always be, because the poem implies that being loved for other things will allow the love to fade away.
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Bernard Snyder 09 December 2013
Such a warm and lovely expression! I love it!
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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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Tony Karas 09 December 2012
Awesome! True love really can't be otherwise.
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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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