Robert Browning, never the time or the place

This is a relatively short poem, made up of one stanza. Browning speaks of a family reunion or perhaps a reunion of lovers. This reunion is a happy one where “in the loved one altogether!” Furthermore, there reunion is happy despite the fact that the setting is not. Browning describes the house as “narrow, the place is bleak.” He then goes on to say that the outside is likewise bleak, “outside, rain and wind combined.” Despite the setting, and despite everything the reunion could be, the speaker in his lover are happy, cozy, and warm. Finally, Browning indicates that this had not always been the case. Earlier in the home, he states that the speaker and the lover had malice in their words but nevertheless hopes that the future is brighter.

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