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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

Love Quotes

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Quote #4

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. (7-8)

Do men actually try to do good deeds "freely," or do they feel forced to behave ethically? Do men actually act humble and reject extra praises from people in a "pure" way? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then the speaker's love might not be as free or pure as the lines first suggest.

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