Fri, 29 Jul 2005 14:42:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: “Jules St.John” Add to Address Book
Subject: Re: please help me about youth and art by robert browning
To: “Lily Hua”
The poem is a love poem,
about a poverty stricken young artsy woman
who falls in love with a poverty stricken young artsy man.
they are so involved in their art, and they are
attracted to each other, and in their own weird way,
they are each other’s soul mates,
but it never meets it’s fullness:
he goes off and becomes some Knight and she goes off and marries
a rich old Lord.
tis a tragedy of Love, Youth and Art.
tis the Perfect Love, simply because they
never hook up, or at least not for long,
and so: never grow bored with each other or fight.
the sad tragic horror of it: that neither one’s Life is truly Fulfilled,
simply because they didn’t dare to take a chance and actually
have a go at it and make it work.
they see each other years later, when they are old, and the sad
bitter-sweet bond it is there…but they’ve lost that Chance forever,
simply because neither one of them ever tried.
It is the saddest poem,
and the sweetest.
It is Truer than Life.
Youth and Art.
Stupidity and Genius.
They screwed up. They blew it.
Now they’re just like Everybody Else, instead of
taking the Leap and Daring to Risk it and be Spectacular
and actually acquire and keep The Perfect Love,
a truly GOOD and LOVING Relationship, of mutual slathering and mutual Love.
Have you ever known anyone like this?
Could you see yourself as that?
Dare to Love Your Equal.
He won’t reciprocate, of course, because he’s probably young and stupid,
but years later, when he’s married to some fat bossy cow and you’re married
to an old man who cares for you in a rather shallow way,
and you and your Old Flame — your Perfect Soul Mate —-
run into each other and your eyes meet…ah well,
then you’ll remember the Poem, won’t you?
Lily Hua wrote:
hello, my name is Lily and i am having trouble
interpreting the poem Youth and Art by Robert
Browning. If you could help me, i would be very
grateful. I looked on a website
(www.eliteskills.com/c/1673) and it had appeared with
a request by yourself.
I will understand if you do not help me.