"Open My Heart And You Will See Graved Inside Of It, "Italy""
Context: This vivid, graphic lyric expresses Browning's love for Italy, for its warmth, informality, and spontaneity–qualities which, he implies in this poem, he does not find in England. He includes a reference to a house he loved and gives the flavor of the Mediterranean scene: before the house stretches ". . . the great opaque/ Blue breadth of sea without a break. . . ." "While, in the house, forever crumbles/ Some fragment of the frescoed walls,/ From blisters where a scorpion sprawls." He emphasizes his love for Italy by quoting a saying attributed to Queen Mary I on the loss of the French city of Calais, which had been in English control for more than two centuries.
Queen Mary's saying serves for me–(When fortune's maliceLost her–Calais)–Open my heart and you will seeGraved inside of it, "Italy."