There are some poets that people invariably know whether it is because those poets are favorites of teachers, their poems are easy to understand or interpret, or one simply loves poetry and aims to learn about as many writers as possible. No matter how one has come to know poetry, Victorian era poet and playwright Robert Browning can be considered one of those that is often included when poetry is taught. One of my favorite factoids about Browning is that he declared himself a poet at an early age but is thought to have not written between the ages of thirteen to twenty. He was the husband of popular poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning and his work influenced poetry greats T.S Elliot, Ezra Pound, and Robert Frost. Today I am sharing another of my Browning favorites.
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.