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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4 Responses to How do I love Thee?

  1. Paulette Miller says:

    One of the best expressions of love that I have ever encountered. Elizabeth and Robert set a precedent for the world. Thank you.

  2. Just a living delivery, just a wide thought in search of best giving pattern for love.

  3. Cheryl Rourke says:

    I know this is a famous sonnet but the hyperbole is just too much for my taste. I sense Elizabeth straining and over doing her reflection. It is all a bit precious and clingy!

  4. elexxa says:

    Yes it’s hyperbolic, but isn’t the whole sensation of love hyperbolic, can you really express it without being hyperbolic? This poem is beautiful, I love it.

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