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Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born 205 years ago today. Even if you don’t like poetry, you’ve undoubtedly heard at least the opening line of one of her most famous works:

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 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 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.

I’m not a huge fan of most poetry myself, but reading that gives me chills. Happy birthday, Elizabeth. You certainly had a beautiful way with words.


Comments on: "WHM Day 6: Elizabeth Barrett Browning" (4)

  1. I love her poetry. Thank you for posting it.

  2. Uncle Dave said:

    Yes, she was a wonderful user of words; can’t argue about the beauty of
    her thoughts through her words; another woman, who made an impact !

    • I was surprised and pleased to find out she wrote that poem. It’s amazing it still resonates so many years later.

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