The poem explores, without self-pity, what it is like to be the loser at the game of love.
Throughout the poem, the speaker uses the metaphor of the card game to describe her luck at love. She uses the queen of hearts as her metaphor for love itself. The poem's speaker pictures herself at the card table, where, no matter how hard she tries—through playing fair, cheating, and even dropping the queen of hearts on the floor so nobody else can find it—the queen of hearts, love, eludes her.
Rossetti also uses the poetic device of apostrophe, or addressing a person or object that can't answer back. In this case, the speaker talks to "Flora," a woman who always seems successful at the game of love.
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