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

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

    Perfect in many ways. Let me count them.

    5 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • 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.

  • Sandra Feldman (8/8/2013 4:09:00 PM)

    The most perfect Love poem ever written.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Godfrey Morris (8/8/2012 8:34:00 AM)

    awesome poetry for real

  • 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+

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

    Anyone who is truly in love with their spouse will take this as their own.

  • Allemagne Roßmann (8/8/2011 3:42:00 PM)

    Bull Durham`s Durham queen.Written well.

  • 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.

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