According to an analysis of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43, it is a love poem that shows her intense love for her husband-to-be, poet Robert Browning. The poem is shown below:
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 every day’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 the 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.
However, most of us are not poets – we fall short of words to express our love. We are not gifted with Browning’s eloquence.
Will it stop us from enumerating the ways we love our partners? You may not know it, but your partner might’ve been waiting for reassurance from you.
But how can we say the right words that answer the question “why I love you”?
Well, don’t worry. We got your back!
Here’s a comprehensive list that will spark your passion and creativity in showing how much you love your partner.
You accept my sadness and my anger and you live in harmony with them.
I love you because even in the coldest weather you warm me with your love and warmth.
You send me the best good morning messages to brighten the day.
You have such a beautiful smile and that smile makes me happy all day.
You love me in the times when I’m not capable to love myself.
You found me. You actually did. I still don’t know how exactly it happened that we were right where we were meant to be at that exact time in our lives. But, I will be grateful for it forever.
You keep my head above water, even when I think I’m drowning.
I love you because you somehow always know exactly the right words to say that will make me feel better. Cheering me up when I am feeling down is just one of your many talents.
I am crazy about getting good night messages from you, so all my sadness disappear and I can sleep peacefully.
I love the way if we were ever separated I wouldn’t know how to go on.
I love you because of the incredible life that you and I have built together. Every memory, step, and the journey taken with you means so much to me and all of it would not have the same meaning if you were not a part of it.
I like the sense of security that I feel when you hold my hand, I understand that with your support and love I can do everything.
We are independent individuals, yet when we are together, we are inseparable.
You understand me. And when you don’t, you do everything and you go all in to get clarity about the things you don’t understand.
You accept me. My light and my shadow. Even though we are different, you never try to change me.
I am me when I am with you.
You motivate me every single day to be a better me.
I love you because you have always been so supportive of me and my dreams in ways that I could not have imagined.
I love the way we sometimes stay up all night and just talk, then watch the sunrise together.
We are connected, even in the crowd I’ll find your eyes and even ocean noise does not stop me from hearing your heartbeat.
We can take pictures with the most awkward facial expressions or postures, yet we still see each other as the cutest person on earth.
You respect my boundaries. And you dare to cross them when you are sure you know better.
You show me you. You opened yourself up, cracked your heart wide open and you allowed me in.
You put everything in perspective and make me view the world for what it is and not what I think it is.
Your loyalty to me and everyone or everything that matters to you.
Your support and encouragement have helped me to flourish and to achieve my goals. Without you by side to cheer me on, my successes would not hold the same meaning.
I love how when I dream of my life partner, the only person that I can see is you.
I love you because you have never allowed any distance to get between us or separate us. No matter how far apart we are, my heart is always with you and your heart is always with mine. And I love that I never have to worry about that.
When you hug me, I understand that you are my home, so secure and peaceful I feel in your arms.
When I hear your voice in a noisy crowd of people, I can recognize that immediately and that makes me feel peaceful and the happiest person in the world.
You are doing everything to become a better man for yourself and for us.
The fact that you know exactly where you are going in life and will do whatever it takes to get there.
I love you because you always shower me with a certain tenderness and affection that makes me feel like the most loved person in the world.
I love the way we glance at each other across the room and know what each other is thinking.
I love you because out of all of the other people in this world, you still chose me. The fact that you chose me makes me feel like the luckiest person in the whole wide world. To know how much you wanted me makes me feel so special and loved.
How you always help me when I need or ask you to and sometimes even when I don’t ask.
I love you because the way that you look at me makes me feel so special that I still get butterflies in my stomach sometimes from it. You look at me like I am the only person in a room full of people.
I love the way your voice sounds when you whisper sweet happy anniversary messages in my ear.
I love you because of how easily you can finish my sentences sometimes. It is like you know exactly what I am thinking or sometimes it even feels like we share the same thoughts before we even say them out loud.
Since our first meeting, you have turned my life into a fairytale and our wedding is the first page of our love story.
You are the only person who makes me laugh more then I can make myself laugh.
And how you tell me without any doubt that I am the only one in the world for you.
I love that you have seen me when I was at my very worst and at my weakest and most vulnerable, yet you chose to draw me even closer to you. You did not run away, instead, you held me closer to you.
I love you because you are not only my lover, you are my best friend in the whole world. You are the first person I want to celebrate with during the good times and the first person I want to turn to when times are hard.
Every time you touch me with your hands, my body pierces electric shock, our relationship is full of passion.
You amuse me, make me laugh and inspire me by reading me your stories out loud.
I love how you get mad with me when I question your love. Because it frustrates you that I would ever question how devoted you are.
The amazing new experiences that I’ve shared for the first time with you and only you.
I love you because you are always inspiring me to be a better person each and every single day.
You make me want to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be. Without you, I would not be as motivated to make this happen.
I love the special moments that we shared that will remain my fondest memories of you and I.
I adore your kindness and your aspiration to give a home to all little animals, which you bring to our home, you have a golden heart.
I love the way you look at me.
You make me feel like I’m the only person in the world.
With you, I can be myself.
I love you because we are family and friends at the same time.
When we’re together, all my problems disappear.
You make my heart smile.
You know me better than I know myself.
You are always willing to help me accomplish my goals.
You make me smile when nobody else can.
You have taught me the true meaning of love.
Because when I’m hurt, you help clean me up and bandage me and kiss and make it better.
You’re always there for me, no matter what.
I love when we walk down the street in the rain, and you hold the umbrella above me so I don’t get wet.
You let me be myself and you encourage me to find more of myself.
You encourage me after I feel like I’ve failed.
You make me feel like I can get through anything, as long as I have you.
You sacrifice and work so hard, without even realizing that you are.
You love my family, even though they’re crazy!
You take care of me and spoil me when I’m sick.
You always make time for just the two of us.
Because you are determined to make this relationship work.
Because you help me see negative things differently.
Because when you laugh it makes me laugh!
We understand each other so well.
Your arms feel more like home than any house ever did.
You have an inner strength that helps keep me calm when my life is in chaos.
You always keep your promises.
You help me understand technology, without being condescending.
You always apologize first, no matter who’s wrong.
Because you are so sexy and I can’t believe I get to call you mine.
Because you always swap the wet towels for dry ones when you know I’m showering after you.
Because when things don’t go as planned, you roll with it, instead of getting stressed.
You always believe in me and inspire me.
I can always talk to you.
Because I can see how much you love being there for me.
I love you because you picked me.
Your eyes smile when you laugh.
You kiss me goodbye when I’m still asleep in the morning.
You let me pick the movie.
You are sweeter than my favorite dessert.
You love me even when I’m being horrible and hard to be around.
Because you always treat everyone well.
We’re so different and yet so the same.
You make an effort with my friends and family because you know how much they mean to me.
I love how you put so much thought into everything you do for me.
You have an innate ability to protect and take care of me.
I love you because you gave me the gift of yourself.
You make me a better person.
I love you every time you reach across our bed to pull me close to you.
Because you make me feel special.
You have a gentle and calming voice that soothes me when I’m upset.
The day I met you, I found my missing piece.
Because I can be myself around you.
Because you trust me unconditionally.
You are always pushing me to be better and my biggest fan in all that I do.
You make all of my dreams come true, no matter how small they are.
You make me laugh so hard that I spit my drink out!
You are always kind to other people, even if they don’t deserve it.
Because I can’t imagine life without you.
You only seem to notice my strengths and always have confidence in me.
You don’t just tell me you love me, you show me.
You know how to cheer me up when I’m sad.
You care deeply about my success and my happiness.
You never give up on me, even when I’m at my worst.
You turn on the seat warmer in the car for me.
You follow me and you push me.
You’re smart and dedicated to your job.
You always have an idea of something fun to do.
You make me feel completely cherished and adored.
You care about the people around you.
You are patient and loving with those close to you.
You always tip.
You’re always there when I need a shoulder to cry on.
You are smoking hot!
I love your snuggles.
You may not always agree with my decisions but you always trust me to make them.
You have the courage to chase your dreams.
You still give me butterflies.
You tell great stories.
You are great at giving people compliments.
You’re cute when you’re grumpy.
I love that your hand fits perfectly with mine.
I love that I get to go through life with you.
When we go places together, you pitch in to make the trips easier and more fun.
We spend lots of time talking about decisions we need to make together.
You tell me why you love me.
You’ll do my chores when you know I’ve had a bad day.
When I do your chores or pick up the slack around the house, you always noticed.
You are my very best friend in the whole world.
You always open the car door for me.
You make the dark a little less scary.
You’re the calm in the storm.
You make me feel so safe.
I love how you’re able to make me laugh, even when the situation shouldn’t be funny.
You are everything I never knew I needed.
I love that you let me cuddle up REALLY close to you… even when you’re overheating.
You hold my hand in movies.
When you’re a guest in someone’s home you always eat what they’ve prepared, even if you’re not a huge fan.
You give up your seat for the elderly.
You’re not afraid to be silly with me.
You’re always saving funny memes on your phone to show me later because you want me to laugh too.
I love that you make my fears melt away.
You put other’s needs before your own.
Your kisses make me weak in the knees.
I love that you take care of me when I forget to.
You’re always doing little, creative things to let me know you care.
You wake up with a smile in the morning.
You know when to help and when to let me do it myself.
You always carry heavy bags for me.
You’re a great person to talk decisions over with. You don’t tell me what I should do but you give me great feedback and listen.
You love cheese as much as I do!
You’ll pick up food on the way home.
People look up to you and you never let them down.
You don’t change depending on who you’re with.
You make me laugh, even when I feel like crying.
You stand up for the stupidest things sometimes.
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