First Published 1855, in Men and Women
- Keep in mind that these are actually two separate poems, though they seem to mirror each other, as if they were one.
- An inward looking poem, which is interested in the intimate, private relationship between the man and woman rather than its social implications.
- Love is unfulfilled but Browning avoids the clichés of this theme by writing two connected poems, which echo each other, as opposed to a sonnet.
Points for consideration
- Love is shown as complex and perplexing - consider the maze-like setting of the poem.
Poems for comparison
- Women and Roses – the complexity of women
- Love Among the Ruins – desertion and isolation
- Two in the Campagna – obstacles to love
- Apparent Failure – misplacement and disorientation

Thinking about the imagery in 'Love in a Life / Life in a Love', which would be the most appropriate image to sum-up the poem?

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