Analysis Of The Poem ' How Do I Love Thee ' By Elizabeth Browning

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What is “Love”?
Love is portrayed in many ways but certain actions can be mistaken for love. People have often thought that they have found love but have failed to find the true meaning of it. The poem “How Do l Love Thee” is an ideal love. To be loved is to have a sexual passion for someone, to have unconditional love for someone, or that nurturing love between family members. Some poems fall short of my idea of love they are flawed and don’t measure up to love.
In the poem “How Do I Love Thee” written by Elizabeth Browning she could be incorporating many different kinds of love. Depending on how you read the poem. To me she incorporates my ideal love because the poem shows all three ways to love. Browning says in line nine “I love thee with the passion put to use.” In this line she could be talking about sexual passion. She also considers unconditional love in lines 12-14 “I love thee with the breath, smiles, and tears of all my life….” She loves them all her life and everything that she goes through. From smiling to crying she will not give up she still loves them. Then she goes on at the end in line 14 to say” I shall but love thee better after death.” She just defines love as something that is ongoing it doesn’t end. No matter what happens she will love unconditionally. I could also see her talking about love in a nurturing way between a family members. Or someone you love in a familial way. Browning says “ I love thee to the depth and breadth, and height.. I love…

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