First Published, 1889, in Asolando, after Browning's death.

- Use of archaism e.g. l. 19 ‘days of yore’
- Implies that thinking about the past is the most real sort of fantasising because it is based on memory.
- T. S. Eliot comments that you can get on very well without reading Browning’s later poetry and certainly this one. Eliot’s argument is that Browning is, no longer receptive to new influences.
Points for consideration
- This was only shared with Browning’s readers after his death. Why might it have been published posthumously?
- Browning’s later poems hinge upon strong oppositions e.g. purity and lust, tragedy and comedy. What oppositions can you find?
Poems for comparison
- Prospice – facing up to the reality of death
- Up at a Villa, Down in the City – uncertainty
- A Grammarian’s Funeral – seasons as life stages
- Love in a Life / Life in a Love – desiring a female presence
- Two in the Campagna – the natural landscape
Love Among the Ruins – vaguely defined narrator, possibility of autobiographical element