Task 1: Read the poem
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
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.
Task 2: What are your first impressions? Make a note of your ideas.
Task 3: Chatterbox (pair work)
- Do any words grab your attention?
- Are there more nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc? What is the effect of this?
- What do you notice about the tense of the verbs? What is the effect of this?
- Are there any repeated words that you think might be significant? What is the effect of this?
- Are there any word sets that seem linked in some way? What is the effect of this?
- What’s the mood and atmosphere? What creates this?
- Can you identify words that use the senses? Which senses does the poet tend to focus on? What is the effect of this?
- What about the voice of the narrator of the poem?
- What do you think the poem is going to be about?
Refrain: a phrase or line that is repeated throughout a poem, often at the end of stanzas.
-What is the REFRAIN in this poem? WHat do you think it means?
Task 5: Watch the videos and watch the prezi presentations. Annotate your poem.
Task 6: Test yourself