How Do I Love Thee?

Robert was an unknown writer. One day, he ran across a volume of poetry that moved him so much, he wrote to the author: “I love your verses with all my heart, dear…”

The author of the poetry, Elizabeth, was flattered, but let him know she had survived a childhood disease that left her unable to breathe correctly, and she barely left the house.

She spent most of her time at home with her strict father, who did not want her in a relationship. She had plenty of money, but no love in her life.

Although, she remained distant, Elizabeth fell in love with Robert through his poetry. He painted a picture of the two of them on long walks; he described their home, their children. Letter by letter, he created a relationship with the her through his writing.

One winter afternoon, Elizabeth sat at the window seat, reading her dear friend’s love letters yet again, when she glanced outside. It was a cold day, but sunny, with a snap in the air. Without a second thought, she pulled on her boots, grabbed her coat, and walked straight outside.

She continued down the road and as she walked, she recited her beloved’s poetry, long since learned by heart. The walk changed her life.

When she got home, she wrote to Robert that she was ready to take action and within the year, they had a small wedding, then left for Italy on a honeymoon that never ended.

Although they called each other husband and wife, we know them as the famous poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning.

For the next 15 years, they worked together and produced some of the most romantic poetry ever written. Truly, love conquers all.

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