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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43)

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Language and Communication Quotes

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Quote #1

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (1)

This poem almost has a topic sentence – the speaker explains her project, counting ways that she loves, in the first line. The ability to list, articulate, and communicate these different kinds of love is actually part of the way that she loves, which might make the sonnet itself one of the "ways" of loving!

Quote #2

I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! (12-13)

Every act that the speaker takes in her life – every smile, every tear, every inhale and exhale – communicates her love for "thee" to the world.

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