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Thread: How do i love thee? Let me count the ways.

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    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    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 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.

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    I thank all who have loved me in their hearts.

    I thank all who have loved me in their hearts
    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    I thank all who have loved me in their hearts,
    With thanks and love from mine. Deep thanks to all
    Who paused a little near the prison-wall
    To hear my music in its louder parts
    Ere they went onward, each one to the mart's
    Or temple's occupation, beyond call.
    But thou, who, in my voice's sink and fall
    When the sob took it, thy divinest Art's
    Own instrument didst drop down at thy foot
    To harken what I said between my tears, . . .
    Instruct me how to thank thee! Oh, to shoot
    My soul's full meaning into future years,
    That they should lend it utterance, and salute
    Love that endures, from life that disappears!

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    Bibliophile JBI's Avatar
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    I don't get it; we have the text in front of us. Yes I agree the text is beautiful, but you really haven't gone passed just posting it.

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    i pass it sir/madam.what do you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBI View Post
    I don't get it; we have the text in front of us. Yes I agree the text is beautiful, but you really haven't gone passed just posting it.
    I agree. I have read a great deal of Elizabeth Browning, and it truly is brilliant poetry. Anahita, why do you like these poems? Did you relate to the poem..Have they touched your heart in a way..etc.
    Dreams! adorations! illuminations! religions!
    the whole boatload of sensitive !

    — Allen Ginsberg, Howl II.

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    anahita, not sure about how those poems make you feel. In the light,..or in darkness?


    BTW, Toni. Love the Angelou sig poem.

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