Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright born in Camberwell, England in the early nineteenth century, who moved to Italy with his wife when he was thirty-four years old. Browning wrote the short poem, “Home Thoughts, from Abroad”, a poem that captures the natural beauty of England. This romantic piece celebrates the breath taking nature that Browning remembers back in England. It has been said that the world is a small place, but to Robert Browning the world seems much larger when he is not home in England. Browning chose to leave England for his beloved wife and now looks back upon England remembering its aesthetic beauty in the spring. “At the bent spray’s edge - That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over” (Browning 13-14) “And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows – Hark! where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge”(Browning 10-11) Robert Browning’s heart and soul have traveled to Italy with his cherished wife for her health, and although he truly misses the springtime of England, he chose to live in Italy for the wellness of his wif...
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... Browning stayed in Italy with his wife for her health. Just as the swallow and whitethroat, these two men took it upon themselves to migrate to a new home for good of themselves and their loved ones. And just like the swallow, both men eventually find their ways back home. Like birds, people follow their own migration patterns. Some migrate across seas for a better education and others move for the good of their families.
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