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Starlight Summary
Philip Levine

Everything you need to understand or teach Starlight by Philip Levine.

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Starlight Summary


"Starlight" first appeared in the journal Inquirey and was reprinted in Ashes: Poems New and Old in 1979, a collection that won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the American Book Award. This short 31-line poem, written in free verse, opens the second half of the book. Like the book's first and last poems, "Starlight" marks an attempt by the poet to come to terms with memories of his father. As the title of the collection itself implies, the primary subject of Ashes is loss. Like much of Levine's work, "Starlight" is a confessional poem, describing an experience from the poet's past. The narrator recounts a brief discussion from his childhood between himself and his father about happiness. Though the meaning of the experience was not clear to the narrator as a child, it is as an adult. The speaker obviously has grown emotionally and now has perspective...

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