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43rd Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 43rd Virtual Poetry Circle.  The poetry doesn’t stop here on the blog just because National Poetry Month ends.

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Today, we’re going to visit with a classic poet, Elizabeth Barret Browning:

Sonnet #43

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 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.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles, check them out here. It’s never too late to join the discussion.

  • I find that the climax of the poem is the strongest, because the list of how she loves him becomes urgent, grasping… She’s losing and giving at the same time…now isn’t that the essence of love?

    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.

  • This has to be one of the most romantic poems I’ve ever read. You can feel the love in every line.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..National Poetry Month Blog Tour: The Girl’s Thoughts on Shel Silverstein =-.

  • This has special meaning to me as my parents had this poem read at their wedding.
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Week In Review – 5/2/10 =-.

  • “I love thee with the passion put to use/in my old griefs” is my favorite line of this one; I like the way it calls attention to the transformative power of love.

  • Jeannie

    This is such a beautiful sonnet! If only I could verbally express the love I have for my husband the way Browning wrote!!

    “I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better after death.”

    Even better than that? That’s some love!!