Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

How Do I Love Thee? - Poem 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 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.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Silver Star - 3,102 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/20/2015 11:58:00 AM)

    Loaded with a love that is refreshing! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie joejoe65987 Gruba (5/11/2015 4:47:00 PM)

    This is how much I love you Lauren. You should start writing poetry again. You were so good at it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie elyanna diaz (4/27/2015 4:58:00 PM)

    Beautiful write of love :-D :-) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,286 Points Walterrean Salley (9/18/2014 4:41:00 AM)

    Learned this poem many years ago and have never forgotten it. So inspirational that one can feel it when reading, or reciting, it. So beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,718 Points Sandra Feldman (8/8/2014 4:27:00 PM)

    How Do I Love Thee and Annabelle Lee are for me, the 2 most beautiful and perfect LOVE Poems ever written (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 799 Points Ronell Warren Alman (8/8/2014 1:46:00 PM)

    Lovely poem. Mrs Browning is very descriptive in her poem about how to love a person. Very breathtaking. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,297 Points * Sunprincess * (6/6/2014 6:11:00 PM)

    ........a beautiful write of love.....enjoyed... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 104 Points Brian Jani (5/2/2014 7:28:00 AM)

    Nice poem I like it very much (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,582 Points Herbert Guitang (4/26/2014 4:32:00 AM)

    Excellent passion of the poem. I love the simile words. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ally Davies (1/9/2014 5:39:00 PM)

    Perfect in many ways. Let me count them. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Sj Holland (8/8/2013 9:13:00 PM)

    Mrs. Browning begins to count what is uncountable. She contains what is not containable. And she shows through her effort to define, that her love breaks every boundary that will every exist. Her poem is an admirable attempt to define a growing, all-consuming yet dignified love. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,718 Points Sandra Feldman (8/8/2013 4:09:00 PM)

    The most perfect Love poem ever written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (8/8/2012 2:03:00 PM)

    This is an almost idolatrous love – she equates her love with that of the soul devoted to the search for the divine.

    She focuses her love from several sources into a pure intense flame of total devotion. What man could stand such a flame I do not know!

    This is a passionate woman – she does not mention physical love yet one can infer that it is included in this love, though subject to it. This love will continue past the age of sexual desire. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (8/8/2012 10:53:00 AM)

    Viewed thru the prism of our post-modern world,
    I see this love poem full of snark;
    written on a lark-
    it ends on a note dark
    enough to make my skin curl. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,559 Points Godfrey Morris (8/8/2012 8:34:00 AM)

    awesome poetry for real (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brett Strotman (6/13/2012 12:42:00 AM)

    Probally one of my favorite poems I've ever heard before in my life. It's a really beautiful and peaceful poem. I love it. A+ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gerard Scheuermann (10/17/2011 2:25:00 PM)

    Anyone who is truly in love with their spouse will take this as their own. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 127 Points Allemagne Roßmann (8/8/2011 3:42:00 PM)

    Bull Durham`s Durham queen.Written well. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 765 Points Juan Olivarez (8/8/2011 7:44:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poems ever written, the expression of affection has nothing confusing or contradictory about it. It is merely and expression of love that will continue after death, if that be possible. Elizabeth Barrett Browning in my opinion, was a much better poet than her husband. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 667 Points Ramesh T A (8/8/2011 4:24:00 AM)

    Elizabeth loves Browning more than words can describe it and has better said in detail in this fine sonnet! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2001

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 12, 2001


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