What is "Love's Last Lesson" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon about?

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To understand the poem "Love's Last Lesson," it is useful to know something about its author, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, who usually published her poetry using only her initials L.E.L. She was a precocious child and published her first poems when she was still a teen. For the era in which she lived, her personal life was quite scandalous. She had numerous affairs, and even gave birth to several children that she gave up to adoption. She died at the age of 36 holding a bottle of prussic acid, a poison which she may have been taking in diluted form as a medical remedy for an ongoing malady.

"Love's Last Lesson" is a poem about unrequited love. The narrator relates that she fell deeply in love with a man and she hoped that he loved her too. If she had "been mistress of the starry worlds" she would have given them all to him. However, the man said that he did not love her. He was, she writes, caught up in ambition, pride, and power, and didn't care "what lovely flowers might perish in his...

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