"How do I love thee, let me count the ways"

October 18, 2007 9:48pm CST
As expressed in the above poem by Elizabeth Browning (see below) love has many different facets and music expresses its various moods. There are times in our lives when a particular song or tune becomes piognant and every time we hear it it evokes memories and feelings usually associated with someone we love. Examples include:- First Dance song at your or (anothers?) wedding, Favourite song of someone we've lost - maybe it was played at their funeral service, Chart hit played everywhere when we were with someone special, . . . etc Does this apply to you . . what is that tune? . . . do you associate it with pleasure or pain? Some people claim not to be "touched" by music but can we really have experienced the full depth of human emotion without at sometime being affected in this way? How do I love thee, let me count the ways I love thee to the depth and bredath 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 grief's 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 breadth, Smile,tears of all my life! - - -and if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
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• Philippines
4 Nov 08
For me, this is the best sonnet ever written. sonnet "43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. :)