I Will Make You Brooches by Robert Louis Stevenson

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"I Will Make You Brooches And Toys For Your Delight"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Robert Louis Stevenson's love for travel and adventure took him to the islands of the South Pacific during the latter part of his life. It was there that many of his travel poems were written. In his poem "I Will Make You Brooches," the poet paints a romantic picture of the carefree life he and his companion will spend during their wandering "along the long road that stretches." The things he offers his companion will be gifts from the natural surroundings. Their household will be "Where white flows the river and bright blows the broom." Alone they will enjoy the "fine song for singing" of the broad road and the roadside fire. The short poem opens with the following lines:

I will make you brooches and toys for your delight
Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night.
I will make a palace fit for you and me
Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.