Please explain each stanza of Robert Browning's "Home Thoughts From Abroad"?

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This two stanza poem by Browning effectively captures the feelings of nostalgia and longing for the homeland whilst you are abroad and miles away from the sights, scents and feelings that make up the essence of home for them. The first stanza therefore focuses on the joys of nature in England "now that April's here" and the signs that accompany the springtime, such as the sound of the chaffinch's song.

In the second stanza, the speaker talks about the way that nature changes so dramatically as summer replaces spring, and the song of the chaffinch is poetically exchanged for the song of the thrush:

That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!

The "careless rapture" of the beauty of this song is highlighted as one of the definining characteristics of the beauty of English summertime. Both stanzas of this poem contain numerous beautiful images depicting the glories of nature, such as the idea of buttercups lighting up the fields in their noontime glory.


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