Study Guide

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

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Tough-O-Meter

(2) Sea Level

Barrett Browning's famous sonnet may be a very formal poem, but it's also straightforward and relatively accessible; most of us can relate to describing different ways we love someone and having a "quiet need" for them "everyday." No need to bring your mountaineering gear to climb this poem; it's more like a short walk along the beach.

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