The phrase "How do I love thee" refers to a famous line in one of Elizabeth Barrett Brown's poems from her collection, "Sonnets From the Portuguese."
"Sonnets From the Portuguese" contains a selection of 44 love poems written in sonnet form. These poems were written during the period of time in which Robert Browning, Brown's soon-to-be husband, was courting her. Of the 44 sonnets, number 43 is perhaps most known and begins with the line, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." According to Poetry Foundation, number 43 was used by Brown to describe the depth of her feelings for Browning.Learn More
The phrase "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies" comes from the play "King Lear" by William Shakespeare. In the quote, the phrase "gilded butterflies" refers to pretentious courtiers.Full Answer >
The phrase "a city upon a hill" refers to those who are forging a new path and are examples to others in the way they live and function. The words are often used to describe people of faith but are also used in politics.Full Answer >
Poems that tell stories are called narrative poems. There are several types of narrative poems, which include idyll, epic, ballad and lay. Narrative poems have existed for thousands of years and have served many purposes, including capturing the heroic actions of great leaders, such as King Arthur and Odysseus, and even setting the scene as the opening for television shows like "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."Full Answer >
Poems that do not rhyme but still follow regular metrical patterns are called blank verse poems. Poems that do not rhyme or follow any metrical pattern are called free verse poems.Full Answer >