2/14/11

Top Love Poem of All Time

Yes, it's a big claim to make, that one can select the top poem on a subject that has been written about more than any other. But I believe I can make a good case that I have done it here.

Speaking of love, the love between a mother is daughter is often complicated.
For all that you gave me, Mom, thank you.
For my short comings and failures, I'm sorry.
I'm glad you're with the Lord finally, but the space you leave behind will never be filled.
I loved you.

Sonnet 43
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 every day'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 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."



So ends 14 days celebrating love and poetry. I hope you've enjoyed reading them. I'll return later with more normal posts.

9 comments:

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Linda said...

You saved the best for last. Thank you for the wonderful reading. Such images they created for me.

Teri K said...

So glad you enjoyed them! I do think this is one of the most memorable poems ever written. I fell in love with it as a romantic young girl, but it holds up years later. The language and imagery really convey ultimate passion.

Sheila Deeth said...

Lovely. I can never remember beyond a few lines, so great to read this. Thank you.

j. littlejohn said...

the last was indeed the best.

Toyin O. said...

what a beautiful poem.

Abbas N Chagani said...

amazing, just amazing :)

The Tame Lion said...

Wonderful! Awesome!

Richard said...

It's so sweet. I love that. Keep posting more impressive poems and stuffs like this. :)
Thanks.

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