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Introduction:
I chose this poem mainly because of the opening line. Ask the students to show with a raise of hands how many have heard the first line of the poem. Read the remainder of the poem and then ask how many have heard the rest of the poem.


How Do I Love Thee

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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 everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
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.

-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1770-1850)--


Found at:

http://www.classic-romantic-love-poems.com/poems-browning.htm

Extension:
Have students reflect either in a discussion or in writing, about the many different kinds of love they have experienced in their lives.