How do I love thee?
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breath and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life；and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
—I used to think that any poem could not move me, especially love poems, because I looked forward to a vigorous love, and I never thought that a moving love could be described and summarized in a few simple words.
But by chance, I heard the poem How do I love Thee? Maybe it’s the magnetic voice of singer Michael Hoppe, which adds to the charm of this poem, or I see a lot of untestable love and start to look forward to the text. So I want to know who wrote such moving sentences to express strong emotion—this kind of extreme emotion can regard the lover as a belief, and take the important behavior of the lover and the mission of humanity to fight for it.
The protagonist of the poem is Elizabeth Ballet. When she was 15 years old, she unfortunately lost her spine on horseback and paralyzed her lower limbs. She met Robert Brown, 32, at the age of 39, and married this man who was 6 years younger than her. This love brought Elizabeth Ballet to new life, and gave birth to the song How Do I Love Thee?
My words cannot accurately describe a person’s attachment to the other half, but this kind of feeling is indeed a height that many people cannot reach. From this poem, I began to admire the deep love…