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Elizabeth Barret Browning: How Do I Love T hee. A Presentation By Cas Schroy. Childhood. Born: 1806 Durham, England Eldest of 12 children Well to do family An intelligent child but sickly Wrote first “epic” poem by age 12 Devout Christian. Early Adult Years.

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childhood
Childhood
  • Born: 1806 Durham, England
  • Eldest of 12 children
  • Well to do family
  • An intelligent child but sickly
  • Wrote first “epic” poem by age 12
  • Devout Christian
early adult years
Early Adult Years
  • 1826: Published An Essay on Mind and Other Poems
  • 1832: Father has to sell rural family estate
  • 1833: Publishes translation of Prometheus Bound
  • 1838: The family moves to London
  • After the death of her brother she became a recluse
  • 1844: Publishes Poems
  • The two kept a secret courtship for 20 months exchanging 574 letters
married life
Married Life
  • 1846 they married and moved to Italy
  • Had one son (Robert Wideman Browning)
  • While in Italy she tried to help the fight for Italy’s freedom from Austria
  • She was very happy in her marriage and life in Italy helped with her health
  • Died in Florence June 29, 1861
her works
Her Works
  • Later publications include:
    • Sonnets from the Portugese (1850)
    • Casa Guidi Windows (1851)
    • Aurora Leigh (1857)
  • Considered a better poet than her husband during her life
  • Criticism
    • Social activism: slavery, child labor, women’s rights, ect.
how do i love thee sonnet 43
How Do I Love Thee (Sonnet 43)

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 poem
The Poem
  • Rhyme scheme: ABBA ABBA CDC DCD
    • Petrarchan Sonnet
  • Iambic pentameter
  • Religious imagery
  • Personification
  • Repetition
  • Author and Narrator in one
works cited
Works Cited

Barret Browning, Elizabeth. "How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets. Web. 22 Feb. 2012.

"Elizabeth Barret Browning." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. 6th ed. New York: Columbia UP, 2011. 1. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Feb. 2012.

The Academy of American Poets. "Elizabeth Barrett Browning." Poets.org. The Academy of American Poets. Web. 22 Feb. 2012.

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