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The sonnet distinctly recalls “The Hill Summit” and, to a lesser extent, “The Landmark”, both of which were written in the early/mid 50s. All three treat the theme of a journey shadowed by a sense of loss and ominous possibilities.
No manuscript of the poem has appeared. WMR, who first published it, dated the sonnet 1855 but gave no reason for assigning that date.
First published by WMR in his
(I. 303), and collected thereafter.
If the date of 1855 is correct, and if we may take lines 12-13 to have a basis in reality, the poem may have been written in late June 1855 when DGR travelled to Clevedon, on the Somerset coast, to be with Elizabeth.