Friday, February 13, 2009

How Do I Love Thee?

In honor of Valentine's Day, I am dedicating this sonnet to Penny. I used to think this poem was really boring and lame and now I think it is lovely.

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
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 every day's
Most quiet need, by the 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.

Happy Valentine's Day from K & B & P!


Lo said...

It's a whole new take on life, isn't it? I can't say often enough how spectacular I think she is.

Jenny said...

Isn't it great how love poetry takes on a whole new dimension with babies in the mix?