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


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.

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Comments (24)

Her poetry is very romantic and her use of imagery and figurative language is wonderful.
This is my favourite from Sonnets from the Portuguese..One of the most beautiful love declaration ever written by a poet.
Beautiful True love, depth, passion Touching
An unconditional declaration of love
By far a love masterpiece of all Times and for all Times. Time cannot wither this immortal poem
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