How Do I Love Thee Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How Do I Love Thee Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861) was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both Britain and the United States during her lifetime. She wrote poetry from around the age of six and this was compiled by her mother, comprising what is now one of the largest collections extant of juvenilia by any English writer. In the 1830s Elizabeth’s cousin John Kenyon introduced her to prominent literary figures of the day such as William Wordsworth, Mary Russell Mitford, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Tennyson and Thomas Carlyle. Her first adult collection, The Seraphim and Other Poems, was published in 1838.

Elizabeth’s volume Poems (1844) brought her great success. A collection of her last poems was published by her husband shortly after her death. Her work had a major influence on prominent writers of the day, including the American poets Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. She is remembered for such poems as “How Do I Love Thee?” (Sonnet 43, 1845) and Aurora Leigh (1856).

How Do I Love Thee Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning is very inspirational.

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 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 with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

– How Do I Love Thee Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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  1. I love this sonnet! I did it for a drama exam and it is fantastic. Thank you for posting about it!


  2. The opening line has been riffed on so many times it’s easy to forget that this is far more than a mushy love poem. The woman had depth!


  3. Astounding. Yes.
    The dimensions of her love defined as different kinds of love.


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