The World’s Greatest Love Poems: “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth 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 everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a 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.
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Teaching the Common Core Standards by Teaching Poetry Masters
Just because someone came up with a fancy set of standards doesn’t mean you can’t teach your favorite poets.
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- Teaching the Poems of Langston Hughes
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- Teaching the Poems of Carl Sandburg
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