How Do I Love Thee Essay

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Research Essay: How Do I Love Thee
Elizabeth Barrett Browning asks, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” (439). There are innumerable ways you are able to love to another individual. Each line of the poem answers her original question, and then goes on to prove (with evidence) that her love is indeed real. Browning describes and expresses her distinct feelings very literally about the one she loves in this poem. She explains love by listing and describing many of the ways that she knows how to love and compares it to circumstances which the readers can relate to. Browning uses love to show readers that there are immeasurable ways to have this passion in How Do I Love Thee? In this poem she expresses three major ideas of love: the
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She loves this man so dearly and that makes her who she is and will go to all lengths to show it.
She tells the readers the many ways that she loves, “let me count the ways.”(439), literally saying that she can list the ways how she loves. Initially, she tells the reader that she will be counting the ways in which she loves him throughout the rest of the poem. The speaker describes and expresses her special feelings for her love in an intriguing and almost calculating way. One way that the speaker describes how she loves was when she explains, “I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;” (440). Men and women stand up for their country in war, law enforcement protect the communities, and every day regular people are doing noble deeds that are not being asked of them to help one another. She is basically comparing her love for her man to the People who are doing good for themselves and others. Living a long and thriving life she says, “Smiles, tears of all my life!” (440), describing that she has been through a lot, but her love for him overtakes everything she has been through. From the moment she was born until after she dies she will go to every length to continue to have her love thrive. I can tell that the speaker has been through many ups and downs, loves and heartaches, but in the end her love overrides everything she has gone through.
She compares her love to the Grace of God and

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