Thursday, April 16, 2015

National Poetry Month: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I know it's probably her most famous, but I've always loved this sonnet, number 43.  I think it's a lovely testament of love.

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

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
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.
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