NaPoWriMo, Day 10: “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Yes, I AM almost done catching up!

This is probably one of the most beloved of Sonnets, and certainly of Ms. Barrett Browning’s works.

I think it is also one of the very first poems I ever read as a young adult.

And here we go…


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 candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men might 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.


Truly, this Sonnet does not fail to consume me!

Thanks go to:

for finding this poem, as well as the Google!

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog followers.  They are: Ngobesing Romanus and “elizabethansonnets.”  Thank you, both, for honoring who I AM and what I do.  May you receive Divine Love, Divine Light, Divine Prosperity, and Divine Peace from following “This I Who I AM.”

And for those of you already following or reading “This Is Who I AM,” may you continue Peace, Health, and Plenty.  In your lives, and in your worlds.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning



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