Heart to Heart

Elizabeth Barrett Browning died on the 29th June 1861, in the arms of her beloved husband, Robert Browning.  This was a couple truly devoted to each other and the beautiful love poetry they individually produced is testament to their strong union.  They secretly married in 1846, defying her possessive father, and eventually settled in Florence.  She wrote to her sister “ours is a true marriage and not a conventional match.  We live heart to heart all day long, and every day the same.”

She penned one of the most romantic love sonnets ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways’ (which even featured in the film ‘Roger Rabbit’ with actor Bob Hoskins – a 19th century poem in a 20th century Hollywood movie, that’s quite a passage!  It is a poem with so many ‘I love thees…’

Today we shall remember (thanks to the beauty of poetry) the line that makes her and love eternal 

 ‘ – I love thee with the breath, 

Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God chooses,

I shall but love thee better after death.’

It’s time we told each other, more often, how much we love them…

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