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Misconceptions by Robert Browning


"Misconceptions" is a poem written by Robert Browning. This poem is about Browning having short flings with women by using his charms while wanting nothing serious with them. He is saying that he is saving his real self for the person he loves, "Love to be saved for it, proffered to, spent on!".

This poem is made up of only two stanzas. Each stanza has seven lines with the rhyme scheme of ABABBAA. All of the "A" lines of each stanza end with the same word: the first stanza "A" lines end with "to" while the second stanza "A" lines end with "on".



This is a spray the Bird clung to,
Making it blossom with pleasure,
Ere the high tree-top she sprung to,
Fit for her nest and her treasure.
Oh, what a hope beyond measure
Was the poor spray's, which the flying feet hung to, -
So to be singled out, built in, and sung to!

This is a heart the Queen leant on,
Thrilled in a minute erratic,
Ere the true bosom she bent on,
Meet for love's regal dalmatic.
Oh, what a fancy ecstatic
Was the poor heart's, ere the wanderer went on -
Love to be saved for it, proffered to, spent on.

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Literary Movement
Victorian, 19th Century

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