Here is my entry this week--a bit bungled. The first thing I thought of when I read the Inspiration Avenue challenge was English Literature was that I would never come up with anything for this one! I was totally blank! My daughter is an Anglophile, and our home is filled with many things British, but that didn't help either. Finally I had it...I created this ACEO as a tribute to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love sonnet:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth 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 the passion 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,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
What you might not know is that this is also called, "Sonnet 43". So what is the bungled part? Well, my great idea was to draw 43 hearts all woven together with a leafy vine. So far, so good...until I didn't check before I started drawing & thought it was Sonnet 46! So there are 46 hearts, Mea Culpa, Mrs. Browning!