Agape Love: A Reoccurring Theme with Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poems

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Within Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poems, “How Do I Love Thee (Let Me Count the Ways)”, “Love”, and “A Man’s Requirements”, a reoccurring theme of agape, unconditional, love appears. In these three poems, her expression of love is very evident and clear. However, the way she expresses love is quite different than many poets have and continue to do. Instead of showing love by saying she feels it or explaining her passion, she says she is committed and will love the reader through every emotion, experience, and circumstance.
“How do I love thee (Let me count the ways)” has line after line of evidence to justify the theme of agape love, but whom the audience is supposed to be is left for each individual reader to decide, because the way she wrote is makes is available to all age groups. The very first line, “How do I love thee, Let me count the ways” draws the reader in and tells exactly what the poem is about. From there on out, the speaker describes how free and true her love is. By giving her love and commitment limits that cannot be reached, the speaker gives a more in depth idea of her feelings to the reader .Every line allows the reader to examine how true the speakers proclaimed love is, however, three parts particularly stand out. The first is, “I love thee to the depth and breadth and height/ My soul can reach” (2-3). This line tells the reader that the speaker’s love is everlasting and will never reach an end. “I love thee purely, as they turn from praise” (8)

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