(6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England)

How Do I Love Thee?

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 candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a 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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I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love with a passion put to use greatest poem one of my favorite great 10+++++++++++++++++
I shall but love thee better after death. One of the greatest and most beautiful poems of all time.
(2) A supertalented woman of her period and age, but now it has become a FACT that this is immortal already during her own life, from the very start. EBB is a very learned woman and despite her constant pains, God has given her so many talents. Though she is invalid the rest of her life, Robert Browning fell in love with her and married.her. A poem full of superlatives in adoring the lover. A poem right from her heart.
The same as Sonnet 43 written by EBB too. In fact no difference, same content only two different titles. Most beautiful, most touching and most read by readers, since it is such a loveliest poem, created by EBB and inspired by her husband, at that period is she alreadt world known and famous, and he was still an unknown poet. See(2)
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