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Life in Love by Robert Browning


"Life in Love" is a poem written by Robert Browning. This poem is about Browning have an unrequited love and never giving up. He states that he is "never [...] beloved" and "Me the loving and you the loth". He goes on to state that even though he constnatly fails, he must get up and try again to love. This is somewhat inspirational to us to keep on working on our love and never give up.

This poem consists of a single stanza with twenty-two lines. It's rhyme scheme is ABCDEECDEEDFGFGHIHIJKL. Basically, the middle is rhymed and the beginning and end are not.


Life in Love

Escape me?
While I am I, and you are you,
  So long as the world contains us both,
  Me the loving and you the loth
While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
My life is a fault at last, I fear:
  It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
  Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
  To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again,---
  So the chace takes up one's life ' that's all.
While, look but once from your farthest bound
  At me so deep in the dust and dark,
No sooner the old hope goes to ground
  Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark,
I shape me---

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Literary Movement
Victorian, 19th Century

Life, Love, Relationship

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