13th December

We were preparing for Haughly park barns event and also working on poetry reading, Thalia was chosen to do a short poem written by Elizabeth Barret Browning who was a Victorian poet and also wrote many sonnets.

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 18061861

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 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.

The sonnet was about Elizabeth answering her husband when he asks how much she loves him. I enjoyed this poem and analyzing it with the group.

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