Quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.I love thee to the depth and breadth and heightMy soul can reach, when feeling out of sightFor the ends of Being and ideal Grace.I love thee to the level of every day'sMost 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 useIn my old griefs, and with my childhood's faithI love thee with a love I seemed to loseWith 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.Elizabeth wrote this poem to Robert; Robert

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Brownings's quote is a declaration and expression of the speaker's intense and boundless love for the person they are addressing. The poet uses a multitude of imagery and metaphors to convey the depths and magnitude of their affection. The speaker conveys their love in various ways; through the highs and lows of life, in both grand gestures and simple necessities, freely and selflessly, and with an unwavering and enduring devotion. Ultimately, the poet suggests that their love will continue to grow even after death, emphasizing the timeless and eternal nature of their affection.


By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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