First Published 1855, in Men and Women.

- The speaker is a man in search of the ‘moment, one and infinite’. The poem has, therefore, been described as a quest by critic, Stefan Hawlin.
- The dramatic persona seeks an intensity of physical and spiritual ‘togetherness’.
- A poem in which love is fulfilled and where its effects are rich and transforming.
- The Brownings had been married nine years by the time this poem was published, so it considers relationships with the benefit of hindsight and experience.
Points for consideration
- Does the dramatic persona have unrealistic expectations of love or do they realise it will never be perfect.
- Is the idealised, countryside setting an apt location in which to think about the value of love?
- Does the poem suggest that consistent happiness is possible/desirable?
Poems for comparison
- Up at a Villa, Down in the City - depiction of Italy, forceful use of rhythm
- Love Among the Ruins – being a couple
- Dubiety – reflecting on life with the benefit of hindsight
- The Lost Leader - Alienation