I Love Thee Poem

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"How do I Love Thee" is a fourteen lines sonnet written by Elizabeth Barret Browning. In this poem the writer expresses the eternal nature of love and its power to overcome everything, including death. It utilizes a Petrarchan (or Italian) rhyme plot - ABBAABBA CDCDCD. A portion of the rhymes are "inclination rhymes" (otherwise called "off rhymes" or "close rhymes" among different terms) - that is, the words don't rhyme consummately, yet do have a few sounds in like manner. For instance, "ways," "days," and "acclaim" are all impeccable rhymes for each other, while "beauty" is an inclination rhyme for every one of them three. The verb "utilize" is a flawless rhyme for "lose'"and "pick," however in this ballad, "utilize" is a thing that rhymes with "goose" and "Zeus"; it's inclination rhyme for "lose" and "pick." "Breath" and "passing" are impeccable rhymes for each other; "confidence" is an inclination rhyme for those two words. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (a) I love thee to the depth and breadth and height (b) My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight (b) For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. (a) I love thee to the level of every day's (c) Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. (d) I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; (d) I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. (c) I love with a passion put to use (e) In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. (f) I love thee with a love I seemed to lose (e) With my lost saints, I love thee with the
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