My Star

By Robert Browning 1812–1889 Robert Browning
            All that I know
            Of a certain star,
            Is, it can throw
            (Like the angled spar)
            Now a dart of red,
            Now a dart of blue,
            Till my friends have said
            They would fain see, too,
My star that dartles the red and the blue!

Then it stops like a bird; like a flower, hangs furled:
      They must solace themselves with the Saturn above it.
What matter to me if their star is a world?
      Mine has opened its soul to me; therefore I love it.

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Poet Robert Browning 1812–1889

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens

Poetic Terms Simile, Rhymed Stanza

 Robert  Browning

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Although the early part of Robert Browning’s creative life was spent in comparative obscurity, he has come to be regarded as one of the most important poets of the Victorian period. His dramatic monologues and the psycho-historical epic The Ring and the Book (1868-1869), a novel in verse, have established him as a major figure in the history of English poetry. His claim to attention as a children’s writer is more modest, resting . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Simile, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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