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How Do I Love Thee

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Zainab AL-amiri

on 20 May 2015

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Transcript of How Do I Love Thee

of the poem
* The Poet used Caesura, Enjambment, and End-stop.
What Sound devices were used in the poem?
* Alliteration:
Do you have any questions?
*Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the wife of Robert Browning, was an English poet of the Romantic Movement.

* -How do I love thee- is the poem #43 from her collection of "Sonnets from the Portuguese", that was published in 1850.

of the poem
Biography of the poet:
How Do I Love Thee

How do I love thee?
It is a Love poem in the form of a Sonnet, which she wrote secretly to express the intense love she felt for her Husband-to-be, poet Robert Browning.
of the poem
Rhyme Scheme:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Listen to the poem
* It is a lyric poem, why?
There is no story line, she is expressing her feelings, and she is using "I".
* The poem's structure is a Sonnet, why?
Sonnets are a one stanza containing 14 lines.
*Lines 1 to 8-- ABBA, ABBA
*Lines 9 to 14-- CD, CD, CD
*The poem is an "iambic pentameter", with 10 syllables per line, 5 pairs of stressed & unstressed.
I LOVE..|..thee TO..|..the DEPTH..|..and BREADTH..|..and HEIGHT
My SOUL..|..can REACH,..|..when FEEL..|..ing OUT..|..of SIGHT
The speaker asks how she loves her beloved and tries to list the different ways in which she loves him. Her love seems to be eternal and to exist everywhere, and she intends to continue loving him after her own death, if God lets her.

thee, the (Lines 1, 2, 5, 9, 12).
thee,they (Line 8)
soul, sight (Line 3)
love, level (Line 5)
quiet, candle-light (Line 6)
freely, strive, Right (Line 7)
purely, Praise (Line 8)
passion, put (Line 9)
my, my (Line 10)
love, love (Line 11)
With, with (Line 12)
lost, love (Line 12)
but, better (Line 14)
of the poem
* Assonance:
ways – day’s – Praise – Grace.
* Simile:

Line 7 : I love thee freely, as men strive for Right
Line 8 : I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise
* Metaphor:
The narrator uses a spatial metaphor to describe the extent of her love, comparing her soul to a physical, three-dimensional object in the world.
of the poem
*The poet have used many visual images to show her deep and true feelings of love.

Intense love
Thank you for listening
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