Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday Word Play: How Do I Love Thee Hidden Words

Happy Valentine's Day! Today's Saturday Word Play brings you Elizabeth Barrett Browning's classic poem "How Do I Love Thee?" However, some of the letters are missing. The clues below can be plugged somewhere into the poem. Solve a clue and tell me into which word it fits.

As always feel free to do all ten at home, but only answer one in the comment section to allow nine others to play along.

How Do I Love Thee?
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and b----th and height
My soul can r----, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and --eal Grace.
I love thee to the l---l of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men might strive for ---ht;
I love thee pu----, as they t--- from Praise.
I love thee with the p---ion 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,
S----s, t----, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


1. Children's author Bunting
2. Mark Antony's request to his friends, Romans, and countrymen
3. Paul Coffey walks a green one
4. John Keats wrote an ode to a Grecian one
5. Allan Ahlberg's picture book ____ Peach Pear Plum
6. Kevin Smith's autobiography My Boring ___ Life
7. A litblog that ranks books by caterpillars: Books I Done ____
8. Saul Bellow quote, "I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to ____ on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, 'To hell with you.'"
9. Don McTavish nonfiction book: Big ___
10. Comic created by Johnny Hart and Brant Parker: The Wizard of __

9 comments:

Gentle Reader said...

5. "Each Peach Pear Plum" (one of my kids' favorites), fits into "reach"

gautami tripathy said...

10)Comic created by Johnny Hart and Brant Parker: The Wizard of Id

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace

Beth F said...

4. John Keats wrote an ode to a Grecian one: URN

Goes with: "they turn from Praise." (or at least I hope it does!)

Jo-Ann said...

#1 is Eve Bunting. Fits in I love thee to the lEVEl of everyday's

claire said...

7. Books I Done Read

'I love thee to the depth and breadth and height'

Barbara Bruederlin said...

#6 = Kevin Smith's autobiography My Boring Ass Life

I love thee with the pASSion put to use

Happy made-up holiday, John!

Wanda said...

From 2nd last line ... t(ears), of all my life! #2 is Mark Antony's request: "Lend me your ears"

gypsysmom said...

#8, Saul Bellow says to rely on your own judgment. That fits into line 8, I love thee puRELY.

April said...

3. Clue is "mile"

13th line of poem begins "Smiles"

This beautiful sonnet was the poem I chose for my poetry post this week.