Poem introduction

I think almost everyone will recognise ‘How Do I Love Thee’ but they might not know that it was written by Elizabeth Browning. It was one of the sonnets that she wrote during her courtship with Robert Browning and she didn’t give them to him for years because he apparently said women could write neither novels nor sonnets. They are published as the Sonnets from the Portugese. They were disguised as translations, but they are some of the most artful and intelligent and passionate love poetry in English.

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