Ah! It’s February—the month of love. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, a dozen red roses, and sexy lingerie are some of the standard gifts we bestow upon our special someone to express the depth of our love. These are the gifts of the 21st century. But these weren’t always the Valentine’s Day must-haves. Back in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s day, in the 1800s, sonnets were one of the ways to communicate love to your soulmate and she certainly wrote a memorable one with Sonnet 43, better known as How Do I Love Thee? To this day, this sonnet is still considered one of the ultimate expressions of love for another.

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