"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" is the opening verse in Sonnet 43 of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's collection "Sonnets From the Portuguese." It is Barrett Browning's most well-known work.
Elizabeth Barrett began writing her series of sonnets after she met fellow-poet Robert Browning. The biographical poems chronicle her feelings during their courtship. They eloped in 1846, but Elizabeth did not present the poems to her husband until three years later. "Sonnets from the Portuguese" was published in 1850, and some thought the title was meant to make it seem like the poems were translations and not biographical. In fact, the title referred to a term of endearment Robert had for Elizabeth, "my little Portuguese."