Choose Something Like a Star

Choose Something Like a Star

by Robert Frost – 1947

O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud —
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.

Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says “I burn.”
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.

It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end.
And steadfast as Keats’ Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,
So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.

4 responses to “Choose Something Like a Star

  1. I cannot imagine a more fitting post for today. Or any day. But those last five lines get to the heart of the matter and are the perfect counterpoint to all else that’s out there today.

    Thank you, Jules.

  2. I forgot, the video is also the perfect accompaniment.

  3. Morning Teresa Evangeline: Thanks for stopping in this morning. Good poem for any day, I agree. Frost recognized the potential for something rhyming with ‘class’ in human beings.

    Jeanne found the video. I’d never known the poem had been put to music.

    Gracias, J

  4. By sharing the end result people could get the knowledge from your conducted searching. The only exception for this rule is when there is certainly literally hardly any other word that is going to do.

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