The British Romantic, poet and playwright, Robert Browning, had first wrote and published, in 1845 his, poem, “Night and Day,” in his romantic collection of verse, Pomegranate and Bells; at the same time he began his courtship with lyricist, Elizabeth Browning (nee Barret). Later, this rhyme was again, published, in 1891, however, the verse had became two independent poems, “Meeting at Night,” and “Parting at Morning,” conveying dualistic sentiments of love.
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!
Browning’s lyrical speaker communicates a midnight sea voyage, describing the darkened landscape, as the white-golden moon hangs, like a tender breath upon the “gray waters,” and his subtle rowing over the, “fiery,” movement of the ocean waves. Browning begins with his oceanic exertion, deliberating a narrative of the brisk and tumultuous movement over sea and land, where rather quickly, the narrator appears at a farmhouse. The narrator, then, gently raps the glass of the window pane, where his beloved then appears with a golden lighted match.
Now, write a poem conveying the story of a lonely character, crossing over land, sea, or other natural habitats and places to reach a beloved individual. This piece could be a symbolic of an exertion of which an individual suffers many hardships to find love, a loved one, or join with their beloved. Note, the loved one could be a mother, a sister, a friend, anyone special to the narrator.