Analysis of "One Way of Love" by Robert Browning.

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Robert Browning's poem "One Way of Love" depicts a young suitor desperate to catch the eye of his lady.  This poem's theme is unrequited love.

In the first stanza, the speaker describes his first failed attempt to gain her attention.  He strews roses upon the path, vainly wishing that she might notice them.  She does not.

In the second stanza, the young man describes his feverish attempts to learn to play the lute, hoping that the music might catch her ear and draw her to him.  She does not hear his music.

in the third stanza, he debates his failed attempts to woo her, comparing his situation to being caught between heaven and hell.  The poem ends optimistically by saying that those who can "win heaven" (the girl) are blessed.


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