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How Do I Love Thee Contest - Response

Here is the poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 - 1861 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. My Response (for the challenge of Mystic Rose) You love me quite profoundly. That I know From this sweet poetry I now have read. So many things are running through my head, Like how I might with equal measure show My love for thee as splendidly, but oh! I stumble with my meager words instead. My quill runs dry; all eloquence has fled. I call upon my muse that verse might flow. My love for thee is beautiful and strong. With trepidation I confess to thee Although I never want to do thee wrong, Can I love as well and as steadfastly? Please bear with me; one day my words a song Will be to echo words thou wrote for me! Written Feb. 20, 2016

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 6/11/2016 5:32:00 AM
In saying that you can't quite find the right words...in expressing just how important it is to find the precise words because your love is equally as profound... I feel that you captured the depths of that love. And I love your take on the contest.
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Date: 2/26/2016 11:34:00 PM
i REALLY enjoyed this one Andrea!
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Date: 2/26/2016 8:01:00 AM
Tis so nice reading :)
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Date: 2/25/2016 3:42:00 AM
SUPERB!!!! Oh, woman!!! I simply LOVED it. I'm sending a soupmail.
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Date: 2/25/2016 12:58:00 AM
I had a smile throughout the poem. Loved it. Congrats on POTD
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Date: 2/24/2016 9:38:00 PM
"How do I count thee? Let me love the ways!" ...Excellent Andrea....or it wouldn't be you....
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Date: 2/24/2016 7:41:00 PM
Wow! Kudos to you! Absolutely a worthy response to one of our greatest poet's greatest works!
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Date: 2/24/2016 6:51:00 PM
You have got the gift for the POTD.
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Date: 2/24/2016 4:39:00 PM
Congratulations on being POTD. Much deserved for this Sonnet Andrea. It flows so easily, it sings from beginning to end. May your Sonnets ever sing....Mike. I have to give this another 7.
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Date: 2/24/2016 3:36:00 PM
Congratulations on Poem of the Day, Andrea, for your lovely response Sonnet! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 2/24/2016 11:41:00 AM
Lovely, and goes well with the original poem, Andrea.
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Date: 2/24/2016 8:21:00 AM
Beautiful sonnet, Andrea. Is there no end to your talent?
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Date: 2/24/2016 8:18:00 AM
Very well done, this is a great write and it is great to see it featured as poem of the day.
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Date: 2/24/2016 8:15:00 AM
Great Write Andrea. Best of luck and congrats on p.o.t.d.
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Date: 2/24/2016 6:50:00 AM
Hi Andrea: This is beautiful! I wish you well in the contest.
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Date: 2/24/2016 6:22:00 AM
Told you this was great! Congrats on your poem of the day Elaine
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Date: 2/24/2016 3:38:00 AM
- Andrea, this is a wonderful poem! - Congratulations, well deserved p.o.t.d. !- (7) - A winning poem today .... and a winning poem in the contest ! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/24/2016 1:05:00 AM
This is wonderful Andrea! Your response blends so well with Ms. Browning's poem. I almost know it by heart I have heard and read it so often. I hope this does really well if for a contest. # 7 Hugs, Connie
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 2/27/2016 4:26:00 PM
I can not believe your poem got an N/A especially after being selected for POTD!!! Well, you know how much I thought of it. It happens to the best Andrea, sadly. Love, Connie
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 2/24/2016 3:40:00 PM
the contest is already over, Connie! I did not win in it.
Date: 2/23/2016 6:26:00 PM
A most well thought out reply Andrea. Subtle nuances. Actually an excellent write. You do excell in the Sonnets and different kinds at that. Until i came here i didn't realise there were so many different kinds. You think out each line carefully and you watch your syllable count, you put a lot of work into each write. As i already told you i really liked this Sonnet reply. Well i know you will understand when i say this one sings. Your Friend always....Mike. A seven and into my faves Andrea.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 2/24/2016 3:41:00 PM
thanks for those sweet words, and I also loved the really old English version you came up with for me. Maybe I should have posted it written THAT way! You are so great with that kind of old English
Date: 2/23/2016 12:13:00 PM
Wonderful Italian sonnet, Andrea. Sure to top the winners list. Also, I wish to thank you for your kind comments on my Italian Sonnet. Somehow it and one other poem I posted just disappeared, so I had to re-post them. Elaine won
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Elaine George
Date: 2/23/2016 4:06:00 PM
Sometimes, I just don't get it. Then again, I guess it is all a matter of personal choice. Number one in mine. Elaine
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 2/23/2016 3:14:00 PM
didn't make the list at all. HOpefully will do well on Screwed!!
Date: 2/22/2016 6:45:00 PM
Your sonnets are always entertaining Andrea, and this one is no exception - Lindsay
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Date: 2/22/2016 6:10:00 PM
Great sonnet and it is truly a response to the sonnet by Browning.
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Date: 2/22/2016 3:13:00 PM
This is excellent, Andrea! And way to capture the language of the original "... with equal measure show" Best of luck, but in any case, you wrote a beautiful muse that is (ironically) about your lack of words to describe beauty! And thanks for your concern about my current situation ... I'm hoping it will all sort itself out and things can return to normal!
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Date: 2/22/2016 2:26:00 PM
A marvelous sonnet Andrea - my muse needs a kick up the tush at the moment lol:-)Good luck in the contest:-) hugs Jan xx7
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Date: 2/22/2016 1:09:00 PM
Brilliant, A Huge Fav!
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