Browning, Elizabeth. "How do I love thee".
- the speaker answers her rhetorical question and counts the ways in which she loves
- loves in all the dimensions her soul can reach, in each moment of each day and night, etc.
- in her love finds the faith she thought was lost in the process of losing her former ideals
- loves freely, purely, and passionately: if God chooses, she will love even more after death
- a movingly sincere love sonnet
- suggests the many dimensions and many different aspects of love
- presents her love as the ultimate fulfilment of her life
- at the same time shows respect for God's will (leaves it up to Him whether she will be allowed to keep on loving after her death)
AuthorBrowning, Elizabeth. (1806 - 1861).
Full TitleUntitled, the first line is used for identification.
First PublishedIn: Sonnets from the Portuguese. 1850.
Browning, Elizabeth. "How do I love thee". (1950). In: The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed. M. H. Abrams. NY: Norton, 1993.