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What is the theme of "The Falling Star" by Sara Teasdale?

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One theme that could apply to this short poem is the inherent beauty in the unattainable. A "falling star" is actually a mass of dust and/or rock colliding with our earth's atmosphere . As the two come in contact with each other, the rock is set ablaze. This fire is...

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One theme that could apply to this short poem is the inherent beauty in the unattainable. A "falling star" is actually a mass of dust and/or rock colliding with our earth's atmosphere. As the two come in contact with each other, the rock is set ablaze. This fire is what we see from the earth and describe as a "falling star."

The tragedy is that this material is being consumed by heat and flame. It has to collide with a destructive atmosphere in order to produce a brilliant and beautiful light.

From Earth, we see this fire and gaze up in wonder. We are taught to make wishes on these "falling stars," and scientists give us updates on when we can expect the next great shower in our atmosphere.

But the beauty exists only because of destruction. The light is present only because the rock will cease to exist.

Thus, there is a sense of inherent tragedy in this phenomenon. While it brings beauty, that beauty is fleeting and within seconds will be gone forever. This type of beauty is "too lovely" to last, and we can only appreciate it for a moment. Therefore, trying to hold on to a captivating yet destructive beauty is ultimately impossible.

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