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Memorabilia by Robert Browning


"Memorabilia" is a poem written by Robert Browning. The first stanza asks if you have seen the famous writer and if he seemed weird or different. The second stanza states that you were living before and after the event. The third stanza says he crossed a huge swamp. The fourth stanza says that he picked up an eagle feather while crossing the swamp. The poem is simply about different memories all smashed into one.

This poem is written as four parts with four different stanzas. Each part is written as four stanzas with the rhyme scheme ABAB. The poem is written in iambic-tetrameter.



Ah, did you once see Shelley plain,
And did he stop and speak to you?
And did you speak to him again?
How strange it seems, and new?

But you were living before that,
And you are living after,
And the memory I started at -
My starting moves your laughter.

I crossed a moor with a name of its own
And a certain use in the world no doubt,
Yet a hand's-breath of it shines alone
'Mid the blank miles round about -

For there I picked up on the heather
And there I put inside my breast
A moulded feather, an eagle-feather -
Well, I forget the rest.

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Literary Movement
Victorian, 19th Century

Life, Memory

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