How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43) Identity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (line)
How do I love thee? (1)
In this sonnet, the speaker establishes her own identity by thinking about the relationship that she has with her beloved. By asking "How do I love thee?" she also asks "Who am I and what kind of love do I feel?"
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. (10-11)
In these lines, the speaker hints at other aspects of her personality besides her love for "thee." She has "old griefs," things in her past that she's bitter about. She's also separated from the innocent faith in the world that she was able to feel as a child. All this suggests that she's a bit more mature and jaded than you might expect the speaker of a love poem to be.