"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" by Jane Taylor is a well-known English lullaby. The words are from Jane Taylor's early-19th-century English poetry "The Star." The couplet poem was first published in Rhymes for the Nursery, a compilation of poetry by Taylor and her sister Ann, in 1806. It has been called one of the most popular children's songs in the world.
Jane Taylor was born in 1750 in London. She married a wealthy wine merchant named Charles Kirkham and they had three children together. When her husband died in 1803, she took care of her children by selling some of her own paintings to pay the bills. She also spent a lot of time with her nephews and nieces as their guardian.
In her old age, Jane Kirkham lived in Paris where she enjoyed drawing portraits of other artists. She died in 1836 at the age of eighty-one.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star/How I wonder what you are! /Up above the world so high/Like a diamond in the sky. /When the night is dark and cloudy/What can I do but shine? /I pray you, guide them wherever you are! /So they don't fall into sin.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star/Lyricist Jane Taylor
The poem "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" was penned by English poet Jane Taylor and published in 1806 as "The Star." The poem was eventually put to the tune of "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman." (The first time the lyrics and music were heard combined was in 1838.)
Each stanza of the poem comprises four lines. In poetry, this is known as the quatrain form. Sara Teasdale's rhyme pattern in "Stars" is known as a ballad stanza version of the quatrain. This means that each line of the quatrain ends with an unstressed syllable and any two successive lines end with different stressed syllables.
The first line ends with a weak syllable, the second line ends with a strong syllable, the third line ends with a weak syllable and the fourth line ends with a strong syllable. This gives us a total of four weak syllables and one strong syllable in each line of the poem.
Furthermore, each stanza consists of four lines which are equal in length. So, we can say that "Stars" is written in iambic tetrameter rhythm - four-stress meter where each line has four stresses instead of the normal two.
This poem was written in a ballad stanza structure, which is very common for poems about stars because they often use hyperbole to make their points more clearly. The use of hyperbole means that something is stated in a way that it cannot be taken literally; rather, it is used to make a point about something much larger than what is being described.
See also Alfred Bester's science fiction tale collection Star Light, Star Bright (book) and Star Light, Star Bright (film). "Star Light, Star Bright" is a nursery rhyme in English. The Roud Folk Song Index number for this song is 16339.
Without the ability to see Robert Frost's poem Stars is an allegory because it employs the stars as a metaphor for human life. "How countlessly they assemble," starts line one of the poem. This demonstrates that, like the stars, there are so many life in the earth that counting them is impossible. It also means that humans cannot understand the amount of love that exists between friends and family. Although they seem separate, they are not. They all belong to each other in some way or another.
Frost was a great American poet who published three collections during his lifetime. His work is known for its simplicity and clarity after serving in wars overseas, being afflicted by tuberculosis, and losing his wife and two children to influenza.
Stars is a long poem that consists of 14 lines with 3 stanzas per line. It was first published in 1923 and is included in A Winter's Tale. This shows how important our past experiences are on what kind of person we become today. We can never forget any moment in our lives because that is what makes us who we are today. Even if we want to forget something, we can't because it has affected the people around us in some way or another.
The poem begins with the word "stars" followed by a capital letter. This tells readers that what comes next will be important information. Frost uses this technique often in poems where he wants readers to pay close attention to what he's saying.