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1

What is the poem about?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote this poem to her husband, Robert, to express how much she loves him.

2

Who wrote the poem?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

3

What type of poem is it? And why?

A sonnet. Made up of 14 lines, split up into 2 parts/ 8 lines then 6 lines.

4

What does the strict rhyme scheme show?

That there love is strong

5

What are the themes?

Love
Passion
Religion
Death
Ageing

6

About the poet?

A Victorian poet
She married Robert Browning to escape her father. She wrote the poem to express her love for him before the wedding.
The poem collection is called ‘songs from the Portuguese’

7

What does ‘how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!’ Show?

There is a pause for thought between the sentence.
Shows there is lots of ways why she loves him.
In second person, asking a question throughout the poem.

8

What does ‘I love thee purely, as they turn from praise’ show

Simile.
Loves by choice.
Refusing all other praise

9

‘I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life’

Loves him in both happy and sad times.

10

What does ‘I shall but love thee better after death’ show

Links with religion.
She will love him even more after death. At the end of the poem because it’s the last kind of love.