Meeting at night by ROBERT BROWNING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS CLASS 11

 

Meeting at Night
By Robert Browning

 
 
 
For class 11 ( Higher secondary)  
 

Questions and answers for class 11  

DRAMATIC  ROMANCES and LYRICS/ meeting at night


DESCRIBE THE JOURNEY OF THE LOVER.

1.Analyse  MEETING  AT NIGHT is a love poem. 

 
 Robert Browning’s small piece, Meeting at Night” is a fantastic love poem of this period. The main poem was published in  DRAMATIC  ROMANCES and LYRICS(1845) with two sections “Night” and “Morning”  Later the poet divides them into two poems  —“MEETING AT NIGHT  and the other is  “PARTING AT MORNING .Both two poems are filled with mind-blowing images.

-” MEETING AT NIGHT is one of Robert Browning’s most endearing love poems that focuses on a lover’s journey to meet his sweetheart at night in private. This journey is both passionate and challenging.

In the darkness of the night, the lover starts a very long journey through the sea with his boat heading towards the black land when the yellow half-moon was shining brightly in the sky. For reaching his ladylove farmhouse, the lover walks three fields and thereafter a one-mile-long sea scented beach. It is a very challenging journey. But the lover overcomes all obstacles and reaches the farm secretly. Perhaps they are not allowed to meet with each other. After reaching, he taps at the windowpane, and his beloved responds to him by lighting a match. Then they reunite, but they are talking softly, as they must be careful about their secret love affair..But they are excited to meet after a long period. So the heartbeat of the lovers is louder than their voice.

Their meeting was passionate and desired to them,  but at the same time, they had to be alert enough as their love was a secret affair.

2]ANALYSE THE IMAGES USED IN  MEETING AT NIGHT . 

 At the beginning of the poem, the lover undertakes a long journey by boat to meet his beloved:  Here  The lover describes the color of the ocean and land in the dark.. The waves rippling far away from the boat and seeming to reflect the “yellow half-moon” because they appear  “fiery.”  The speaker identifies the waves’ color with fire because fire often symbolizes passion.


In the second stanza, the speaker crosses the beach and three fields, before taping quietly at the windowpane of the beloved. Then, the beloved inside the house strikes a match, perhaps, to light a candle. .Again, the regard to fire might be symbolic of passion.

 Then, the last two lines are where we discover the foremost  evidence for this interpretation:

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Thus, the lovers whisper,  here the lover’s joy and fear has been captured .. These whispering voices are softer than the sound of hearts beating for each other. The pounding of their hearts lets us know that strong emotion is involved during this scene.
All of these symbols used in a poem in connection with a lover’s journey clearly state that the poem is based on the love of a. lovers. It is therefore a pure love poem.
 

. The images depicted  in the sonnet are those of the “..grey ocean”, ” ..long dark land”, “..yellow half-moon”, “..frightened… waves”, “..slushy sand”, “..warm ocean scented seashore”, and “..three fields”  prepare  the depiction charming, bold, energetic,

‘ long black land
And the yellow half-moon large and low’

The reference to a “long black land” suggests that it is night time and the “..yellow half-moon” , ‘…startle waves’ and ‘ ..fiery ringlets’ suggest passionate feelings of the lover. . The  image  of the grey sea is  the symbol anxious mind associated with secret  meeting.

 

The warm sea-scented beach symbolizes a sense of prospect. The image ‘ tap at window pane’  and ‘  another image quick sharp scratch’ shows the excitement of a lover for the meeting. The beautiful image ‘ blue spurt’  stands for the passionate love of the lovers. 

With these pictures and with the challenging exertion, Browning brings home the reality of Amor Vince Omnia which means love overcomes all.

3 )   Justify the significance of the title of the poem “Meeting at Night”.

 Robert Browning’s small piece, Meeting at Night” is a fantastic love poem of this period. The main poem was published in  DRAMATIC  ROMANCES and LYRICS(1845).  The poem focuses on a lover’s journey to meet his sweetheart at night in private. This journey is both passionate and challenging.

The poem describes the journey of the lover and his desperation to meet his beloved and  the beloved’s eagerly waiting  for the arrival of the lover with bated breath,. At last the poem culminates with  the meeting of  lovers  at night, which  is a moment of fulfilment their wish.
Though the  fact of the actual meeting is only portrayed in the last four lines, it is done with a very magnificent  description. For this, their meeting becomes  immensely emotional and exciting. The beating  of their hearts together represents the delight and excitement of their meeting.So it is very prominent that the entire poem centers round the lover’s secret meeting at night with his beloved.  Hence, the title is fitting and well-thought-out, pointing to the poem’s theme and meaning.

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