Monday, February 12, 2018

“ TEATIME POETRY "

          
VALENTINE DAY is the second  largest holiday celebration  next to Christmas.  It is a time of brilliant symbolism, coloration and expressive  LOVE . 

Today, I am reading my favourite poem and would like to share a warm  teatime with you all. I hope that you  "feel the love" on  February 14th.


 Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an extraordinary, self taught woman, who became the first female poet ever to be considered for poet laureate ... though Tennyson was chosen to follow Wordsworth instead. 

Her, Sonnet 43  is the most famous love poem of all time. It was written during her courtship with Robert Browning.



                              " HOW DO I LOVE THEE”
                                             Written By:     
                               Elizabeth Barrett Browning 
                                           ( 1806 - 1861)

                              How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
      I love thee to the depth and breath 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 a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood faith. 


I love thee with a love I seem 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. 
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  Love  and  poetry in a teacup.



“ HAPPY VALENTINE DAY “

Sharing With : Rose Chintz Cottage
                      Tuesday Cuppa tea
                        Bernideen's Teatime

33 comments:

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Zaa, thank you for sharing "How Do I Love Thee" by Elizabeth Barret Browning. It was so poignant to remember it, and the last line made my heart sigh.
Your teacup is a beauty, too. Happy Valentine's Day! xx

Louca por porcelana said...

Wonderful Teatime Poetry!The teacup is just fabulous!The figurines and poem are wonderful!Love your post.Hugs!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I have a book of her poems - she definitely was quite the talented poet! A beautiful post with lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Zaa said...

Thank You Kitty ... I always think of this poem on Valentines Day..Hug

Zaa said...

Dear Louca.. So happy to share teatime with you today ...xoxox

Zaa said...

Hey Lauren ... I’m already making your teatime muffins..Thanks for the visit.
Hugs

xinex said...

What a beautiful tea cup set and love the figurine! So romantic!...Christine

Zaa said...

Thanks Christine... It’s lovely to drink from too.. Thanks for the visit...Hugs

Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you for your lovely post today. The tea cup is gorgeous. I have to tell you that your profile picture with the lady in green I have in my home, and she reminds me of my mom.

Happy Valentine's Day, and thank you for visiting today.

~Sheri

Tea in Texas said...

Love that poem and it is perfect for Valentines’s Day. The special figurines is charming and sweet! The teacup is to pretty to use but glorious to show!
Happy Valentines, Pam

Margie said...

It's been years since I read that beautiful poem. I've forgotten how romantic it was. I'm also smitten with your stunning black teacup! Happy Valentine's Day!

Zaa said...

Thanks for your sweet visit Sheri.. I’m so glad to connect with you in picture form and for tea...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind visit Pam ... I love black teacups and will be sure to put an extra one out for your next visit....Hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Margie... I collect Black tea set ... This Queen Anne is one of my favourites/// So glad that you enjoyed the poems too.... Happy Valentine’s Day .!!!

Karen said...

Oh Zaa,
I love this poem and your black teacup is absolutely amazing! Swoon! Your post is beautiful! Blessings! Karen

Zaa said...

Thanks Karen ... So happy that you had time to visit today .. Happy Valentine’s Day ~~

Ruth W said...

The teacup is just gorgeous Zaa. Love it! And such a sweet and romantic Valentines Day post. Have a lovely week. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Ruth

Zaa said...

Thanks for the visit Ruth..Hugs

Jeanie said...

Hello Zaa. This has always been one of my favorite poems. I'm so very glad you reminded me of it -- and with your beautiful illustrations.

Thanks so much for coming over to Marmelade Gypsy yesterday~!

Granny Marigold said...

Hi Zaa, Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Thanks too for the sweet love poem and the gorgeous tea cup!! I do love pretty tea cups.

Bernideen said...

What a beautiful, dramatic colored cup and saucer - very Victorian in style! Your figures are great fun too - thanks for sharing!

Henny Penny said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Thank you for posting the poem, "How do I Love Thee". That has always been one of my favorite poems. The teacup is beautiful. Your blog is beautiful. Wish I had time to sit here and read all your back posts. I will be back.

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind visit Jeanie...Hugs

Zaa said...

So happy that you came for the visit Marigold....Please come again.

Zaa said...

Thank You Bernideen... I always enjoy your visits...Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Henny ...You are always welcome to drop over for a relaxing tea..Thanks for the sweet visit...

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a lovely poem and sweet figurine to celebrate 'Love's Day'. The tea-cup is exquisite. Thank you for sharing your delightful tea. xx Karen

Zaa said...

Thank You for the kind visit Beatrice...Hope to see you again soon..Hugs

Bonnie said...

I am so glad to meet you, Zaa! Thanks for stopping by. I love Elizabeth B.Brown's poem and glad to be introduced to the Saffron Teas.Your teacup is indeed lovely.

FABBY'S LIVING said...


Oh I love it all ! The porcelain figurine and the teacup are just gorgeous !
The poem is lovely, I adore poems and this one taken me back to some I need to read again.
I've never had Saffron tea before and it's great for your health, saffron they say.
Thanks for your sweet visit dear.
Fabby

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind visit Bonnie...Please do visit again soon...Hugs

Zaa said...
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Zaa said...

Hey Fabby ... Your visits are always a delight... so happy that you remember the poem..It’s a lovely one.... Have a Happy Day !!! xoxox