Robert Brown breaks “Meeting at Night” into two distinctly numbered stanzas to show the change from the voyage at sea to the trek across the land. In the first stanza, he uses vivid imagery to describe the sea at night. The reader sees the “grey sea” as it meets the “long black land” and sees the “yellow half-moon” as it hangs low in the sky. He goes on to describe the waves as he steers his boat into the cove and hits the sand.
In the second stanza, Browning lets the reader know that he has beached the boat and is now walking across farmland to meet his lover in her farmhouse. A match lights and the lovers meet, “two hearts beating each to each!”