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Poems about Stars
Often poets seem to write about similar topics. The four poems below are four different poems written by four different authors all talking about the stars. There are similarities in the poems as well as there are differences as they were written by different people in different times. Often people look up at the stars at night and stargaze. So, what exactly is it that poets are saying about the stars? That is revealed in the poems and analysis below.
Interpretation of 'Ah Moon-and Star'
In this poem by Emily Dickinson, the author is stargazing and she comes to the conclusion that the moon and the stars are not as far away as a romantic interest. She pairs the moon with one star which might actually be Venus, the planet that is visible at night and looks like a large and bright star. Some think that the end of the poem is indicative that she is actually talking about feeling far away from God and not a romantic interest.
Interpretation of "Stars" by Robert Frost
Robert Frost describes in this poem how the stars are like entities who are strong willed. They are depicted as a powerful force of nature that does not bend as time goes on. The stars are indifferent to our emotions and white like the snow. He says that the they do not disappear but rather become invisible at dawn. The very last line of the poem, "Minerva's snow white marble eyes being without the gift of sight" is explaining that Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, like stars is drawing attention from the viewer without getting anything in return. It can be interpreted that Robert Frost found the stars to be relaxing to look at during the night as they drew his attention.
Interpretation of "To the Evening Star" by William Blake
"To the Evening Star" is a love ballad to Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Fertility. In the poem he is calling upon the Goddess to protect us against the evils of the night. He is describing the stars as bringing peace and guidance during the night. The comparison is made between the wolf and the night saying that "the wolf rages" or that evil is going on in the night. The lion is compared to the morning. The star is being described as a bright torch making the star have some heroic quality about it or being a protector in the night.
Diamonds in the Sky
"I look up at the night sky
Where the stars shine and the heavens lay.
Some people are like a shooting star.
They live very well and their lives go very far.
But, soon they wither out or die way too young.
In the opera of life their ballads have been sung.
Some lives burn steady and strong for the whole world to see.
In the ocean of the night sky the stars are peering back at me.
They light up the night like diamonds in the sky.
They are like the eyes of God who into our souls will pry.
The stars light the way for travelers in a desert.
They have led explorers from places they arrive and depart.
The night shines like diamonds in unity.
And, when it comes time to dream my soul is set free.
When I look up at the shining stars in the sky,
I am reminded of those to whom I have had to say a final good-bye.
Their souls are now in the hands of a loving God.
Yet, their memories are with me wherever I may trod.
They leave behind an imprint on me and everyone.
When I see the stars in the night sky I know their battle has been fought and won."--Megan Fricke
Interpretation of "Diamonds in the Sky"
The author in this poem describes the stars as being a guiding force that led people during the night. The poem also describes the stars as being a strong force or like the eyes of God in the sky. It appears that the author is describing that the stars are watching humanity just as much as humanity is watching or following them. It also appears that the stars are being described as a reminder of people who have died and are somehow symbolic of souls that have moved on. The night is representational of death and the stars are representational of the souls that still live through death. Also, a peaceful feeling or feeling of being relaxed is brought about by the stars in the poem.
Differences and Similarities Between the Four Poems
There is a similarity in the four poems between Gods being compared to the stars. At the end of Emily Dickinson's poem it is revealed she is possibly talking about feeling far away from God and not another human being. In the poem by Robert Frost, he is comparing the stars to the eyes of the Goddess Minerva although they do not have sight. The poem by William Blake is an ode to Venus in which he asks her to protect people during the night. Megan Fricke describes stars or "Diamonds in the Sky" as being like of the eyes God given that they are protectors or that they guide and watch over humanity. In all the poems except for Dickinson's the stars are giving a relaxing feeling or feeling of serenity. However, the poems differentiate greatly. The poem by Emily Dickinson appears to be about unrequited love while the one by Robert Frost appears to just be a physical description of stars as a power in nature. The poem by Blake is an ode to the Goddess Venus while "Diamonds in the Sky" appears to be more of a Christian look at the stars as being like a God who pries into people's souls. The poems are alike and differentiate yet somehow carry similar themes all at the same time.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 11, 2020:
You did a great job describing these poems and deciphering their meanings.
I like the diamond one the best.
It is interesting that they might all reference God.
Thanks for the share.