Snaith//Sonnet 43


Sonnet 43

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I & thee: personal address

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I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

Depth and breadth and height: she is hyperbolic n her description of love - it is infinite and immeasureable. Also, the internal rhyme makes it similar to the Lord's Prayer.

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For the ends of being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of every day's

Being and ideal Grace: his love makes her feel transcendant.

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Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely as men strive for right;

By sun and candlelight: not only does she love him at day and at night, but he is her sun - the light of her world.

Freely: it is her choice, she hasn't been forced into this relationship.

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I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use

I love thee is repeated which is anaphora - the repetition of a phrase across several verses. This emphasises the fact that she loves him A LOT.

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In my old griefs and my childood's faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

Old griefs: I love you as much as I would grieve if you died.

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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.

With my lost saints: she has lost holiness - he is her God now

Better after death: their love transcends mortal life

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