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How Do I Love Thee
Transcript of How Do I Love Thee
: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
: How much do I love you and in how many different ways.
: I love thee to the depth and breath and height.
: Love is three dimensional
Can also be related to the bible.
Ephesians 3: 17-19 In this passage St. Paul is praying for the understanding of the "length, depth, breadth, and height" of Christ's love and the fullness of God
-Her soul feels limitless and loves with all her heart.
How Do I Love Thee
In 1845 Robert Browning began to write letters to Elizabeth declaring his love to her.
One year and 573 letters later, Elizabeth left home for the 1st time to marry her secret lover.
1826 published anonymously the collection
An Essay on Mind and Other Poems
1833 her translation of
1844 her 1st collected edition appeared under the title
1862 under the supervision of Robert Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born on March 6, 1806 in Durham, England.
She died in Florence on June 29, 1861.
She was the oldest of twelve children
Her father made a living from extensive sugar plantations in Jamaica.
Although Elizabeth's father did not want any of his children to marry, on September 12, 1846 Elizabeth and Robert Browning eloped.
They then settled in Florence, Italy. Where they later had a son, Robert Wideman Browning, born on March 9, 1849.
The power of her poetry
Her admirers have compared her imagery to Shakespeare.
She was in such poor health when she was being recognized as one of England's most original and gifted young poets due to the weakness of her lungs.
Her humane and liberal point of view manifests itself in her poems.
Elizabeth was educated at home.
By the age of 10 she had read the histories of England, Greece, and Rome.
Including several of Shakespeare's plays.
She learned enough Hebrew to read the Old Testament from beginning to end.
At the age of eleven to twelve she composed a verse "epic" in four books of rhyming couplets.
Sonnets from the Portuguese
1850 Sonnets from the Portuguese were published.
The sonnets were dedicated to her husband and were written in secret before the marriage.
The sonnets expressed her love for Robert.
The sonnets are known to be one of the most widely known collections of love lyrics.
This poem is in lyric form.
They are also known to be her best work.
Elizabeth & Robert Browning
How Do I Love Thee
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light
The author's love is eternal both day and night. She expresses her love on a more ordinary level.
:I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
The Religious tone is shifted to secular human interests and personifies her love as men who's human's quality is both righteous& humble.
: I love thee with a passion put to use
in my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
: Relates to the author's own past and shows her own grief.
The author uses the word "passion" as a flashback of lines 2-4. The passion of Christ is when Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. Elizabeth Barrett Browning is using this to say that she would die to save her husband. That is how deep her love really is. Her faith used to be strong, but now is lost.
: I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints.I love thee with the breath,
: Love salvages her lost religious faith and she gave up loving her saints( the people who guided her), to love unconditionally.
: Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
She'll love him through all that she encounters and her love will be stronger after she dies (love is eternal)
Song for Poem
Poetry from Peanuts
Literary Elements in Poem
Mood: The feeling of the poem is both romantic with some hints of grief
Meaning: The meaning of the poem is that love is eternal
Smiles and tears- for the good and bad times
Repetition: I love thee is repeated to reinforce and emphasize the author's love
Literary Elements Continued
Tone: The overall tone is loving as well as religious
Personification: The author personifies her love as men who are humble and righteous
Imagery: Line 2- I love thee to the depth, breadth and height my soul can reach
-Fourteen lines written in iambic pentameter
-One unstressed syllable followed by one stressed
An example "How
-Specific rhyme scheme
-Grouped by four lines then a couplet (two lines)
-Just like Shakespeare's poems, Elizabeth Barrett Browning revived the Sonnet form in the late 19th Century
In the Chorus it says "From this day on now and forever more" which relates to the poem's theme of that love is eternal from life to death
- " I may not be with you but you've got to hold on..." These lyrics relate to lines 13-14 of the poem,"...And if God choose I shall love thee better after death"
-She will not always be there but she will still love him
"Just look over your shoulder I'll be there always"
The song can also relate to the author's life
"For one so small, you seem so strong..." This can be the husband's reply(Robert Browning) because they loved each other so much that they would give up everything to be together
-"Why can't they understand the way we feel..." Her father did not approve of the marriage, but she married him anyway
Lines 3: and 4
: My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace
Even when you're not there, the author will still love him at the end of her life (heaven)
The Poem as a Whole
Overall, this poem is describing Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love for her husband. Her love is both true and continual as she struggles with both happiness and sadness.
-Her love is strong and eternal