Meeting at Night Summary & Analysis by Robert Browning

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"Meeting at Night" is a poem by Victorian poet Robert Browning, which follows the journey of its speaker to a meeting with a lover. It was published in Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845) with an additional "Morning" section (that section was later separated into a different poem titled "Parting at Morning"). Browning composed the poem during his courtship of Elizabeth Barrett, his future wife, who was already a successful poet at the time. Barrett's father did not approve of Browning, and perhaps a hint of this can be detected in the hushed and secretive nature of the "meeting." The poem is unusual for the Victorian era because it is so sensual and sexually suggestive in a time of moral and social conservatism.

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