Love Poems Sonnet 8 Elizabeth Barrett Browning romantic poetry art

Love (Sonnet 8)

On the impossible magnetic qualities of a life-changing love…

We cannot live, except thus mutually
We alternate, aware or unaware,
The reflex act of life: and when we bear
Our virtue onward most impulsively,
Most full of invocation, and to be
Most instantly compellant, certes, there
We live most life, whoever breathes most air
And counts his dying years by sun and sea.
But when a soul, by choice and conscience, doth
Throw out her full force on another soul,
The conscience and the concentration both make
mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole
And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,
As nature’s magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.

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Classic Love Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1847)

Love Art – Figure Facing Forward by Auguste Rodin. Original from The National Gallery of Art.