Module 4: Poetry

Given the following poem:

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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 everyday'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 a 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.
Example 1. A transcription from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet nr. 43 from the cycle Sonnets from the Portugese (Browning 1902). Available from https://archive.org/details/fromportusonnets00browrich.
  1. Structure the lines into lines and line groups
  2. Indicate the rhyming words
  3. Indicate the rhyme patterns
  4. Indicate enjambements and caesurae
  5. Perform a metrical analysis
  6. Given that Elisabeth Barrett Browning wrote this poem in ca. 1845, and that this particular example comes from a 1902 edition of Sonnets of the Portugese, published in Boston by Small and Maynard. Could you complete the transcription to a full TEI document?


  • Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. 1902. Sonnets of the Portugese. Boston, Small and Maynard.