Sonnet 43 - How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 43 - How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

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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 everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the 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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Carlos Echeverria 14 February 2012

A great poem in countless ways.

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Sara Fielder 14 February 2012

Being able to express such depth of love is unique. I pray it followed her into eternity.

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Paul Brookes 14 February 2012

Perfection....................................

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Manonton Dalan 14 February 2012

i hope most of us can still say those words like we really mean it. happy valentines day, please enjoy,

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Sandra Feldman 14 February 2013

NO GREATER LOVE POEM WAS EVER WRITTEN, EVER

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Dr Antony Theodore 26 November 2020

I love thee to the level of everyday's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. a very fine poem of Browning. tony

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Adeeb Alfateh 23 July 2019

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 great10+++++++++++ (though The same as HOW DO I LOVE THEE Poem, also by EBB)

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Sylvia Frances Chan 24 March 2019

The same as HOW DO I LOVE THEE Poem, also by EBB. This is a WOW-Poem, means, most beautiful, most touching and most read by readers, since it is such a terrific bestest poem, created by EBB and inspired of course by her husband. A supertalented lady, a woman of all periods and ages, a true immortal poem from the very start. EBB is a very learned woman and despite her constant pains, God has given her many talents, as we all know. A poem full of superlatives to be mentioned.

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Agatha Eliza 16 October 2015

This is my favourite from Sonnets from the Portuguese..One of the most beautiful love declaration ever written by a poet.

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Liliana ~el 14 February 2014

Beautiful True love, depth, passion Touching

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