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Why Browning has called Shelley as "Sun-treader" in his poem “Pauline”? 
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Post Why Browning has called Shelley as "Sun-treader" in his poem “Pauline”?
Robert Browning’s first published poem Pauline mentions Shelley many a times (but not a single time his actual name is used) and Brownin’s admiration for Shelley can be seen quite clearly by these lines:

Quote:
The air seems bright with thy past presence yet
But thou art still for me, as thou hast been


But he mentions Shelley by the alias Sun-treader,

Quote:
Sun-treader -- life and light be thine for ever ;
Thou art gone from us -- years go by -- and spring
...


I may be wrong but the seeming meaning of "Sun-treader" could be "someone who treads on Sun". Now, the metaphoric meaning instilled in that alias could be that Shelley was considered divine by Browning and hence he could tread the sun without burning himself. Or Browning could have made the references to Shelley's poem Ode to a Skylark where Shelley wrote

Quote:
In the golden lightning
Of the sunken sun,
O'er which clouds are bright'ning,
Thou dost float and run;


So, once again to summarize my post I want to repeat: Why Browning called Shelley as "Sun-treader" in his poem "Pauline"?

Thank you.

P.S. : I won't mind (but will be thankful) if you point out some linguistic mistakes in my post, for example: I used "has" in the title of my question but in summarization I omitted it so which one is more suitable can be mentioned in replies.



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