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Meeting at Night by Robert Browning by Robert Browning


"Meeting at Night" is a poem written by Robert Browning. This poem speaks about Browning's long travel to get to his belove's house. Once he gets there, the two are happy as can be as their "two hearts beating each to each!".

This poem is written as two parts. However, it's easily seen as a single poem with two stanzas instead of parts. The first part (or stanza) is about crossing a great distance in the middle of the night, perhaps starting at dusk. The second stanza is about the actual meeting. The poem is rhymed as ABCCBA.


Meeting at Night

The grey sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low;
And the startled little waves that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.

Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match,
And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,
Than the two hearts beating each to each.

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Literary Movement
Victorian, 19th Century

Night, Love, Happiness