by Robert Browning
interpreted by Pierce Han
gray sea and the long black land;
the yellow half-moon large and low;
the startled little waves that leap
fiery ringlets from their sleep,
I gain the cove with pushing prow,
quench its speed i' the slushy sand.
a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
fields to cross till a farm appears;
tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
blue spurt of a lighted match,
a voice less loud, through its jos and fears,
the two hearts beating each to each!
Poet: Robert Browning was born in 1812 and
died in 1812 and died in 1889. He is remembered as one of the greatest
English poets of the 19th century. Brownings parents put a love
of art and literature in him. He was not very educated since he did not
have a college education and was largely self-taught. He made his first
volume of poetry called Pauline in 1883. Paracelsus was a
dramatic poem that followed the volume in 1835, which brought him into
prominence. He also wrote Bells and Pomegranates from 1841 to 1846 with
poems ncluding Pippa Passes, My Last Duchess,
and The Bishop Orders His Tomb. In 1842 he wrote the Dramatic
Lyrics in 1842 which included The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and
Dramatic Romances and Lyrics in 1845 had poems including How We
Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix. Browning loved Italy and
he lived there for a while with his wife. His wife is also a poet and
her name is Elizabeth Barrett. Many of his poems take place in that beautiful
country especially some of his most famous dramatic monologues. He wrote
Christmas Eve and Easter-Day in 1850 and Men and Women in 1855, which
included Fra Lippo Lippi and Andrea del Sarto.
After the death of his wife, he returned to London and he wrote Dramatis
Personae in 1864 and The Ring and the Book, which is 4 volumes in 1868-1869.
With The Ring and the Book, he won widespread fame. This is considered
as his masterpiece. Browning then returned to Italy in 1878 where his
only son lived. He wrote Dramatic Idylls during this period, which was
1879-1880 and Asolando, which appeared on December 12, 1889. That is the
date of his death. Although Meeting at Night is not a monologue,
it still has Brownings very descriptive and vivid language. This
is one of his most famous poems, (p.600 Prentice Hall Literature Gold
Type of poem: Lyric
Speaker: Robert Browning, the poet
Audience: Reader, general audience
Tone: Serious, deep, dark, gloomy
Meaning: It is dark and gloomy in the poem. It first describes
the area as The gray sea and the long black land; And the yellow
half-moon large and low. Then the scene changes and describes the
path ahead as Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach; Three fields
to cross till a farm appears. This poem is talking about a dark
place and a person who walks through this dark land to meet another soul.
The example of this is in Than the two hearts beating each to each!
The two souls meet and their hearts beat with each other. This last part
could be showing a sense of joy or love with each other after the excitement
of meeting each other again through that dark place. This poem portrays
the authors style of writing in which he is most famously known
for. He is known for his insight and conversational poetic style. His
choices of words create a real sense of darkness for the area and his
common placed words for this
poem portrays his conversational poetic style of writing.
Structure of poem: - Traditional
Equal Stanzas Length
Examples of poetic techniques used in the poem:
a mile of warm sea-scented beach
the two hearts beating each to each!
Connection between the poem and the poet's life and/or
times: This poem is very gloomy in the beginning and describes
a persons meeting with someone else. He has to get through a dark
land to meet this soul. When they meet, their hearts beat with each other
because of their excitement and joy or love after meeting each other.
This poem also portrays the authors style of writing in which he
is most famously known for. He is known for his insight and conversational
poetic style. His choices of words create a real sense of darkness for
the area and his common placed words for this poem portrays his conversational
poetic style of writing. This poem is a perfect example of how he writes
his style of writing.
Most memorable quote from the poem: Than the two hearts beating
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