"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" is a popular English lullaby, from an early 19th-century English poem by Jane Taylor, "The Star". The poem, which is in couplet form, was first published in 1806 in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her sister Ann. The English lyrics have six stanzas, although only the first is widely known.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny sparks;
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
'Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
But the poem has more than it seems to have. Some of the meanings that I could fathom are as given below
Astronomical: Stars shine when it is dark as the sun's brightness prevents us from seeing stellar objects. Stars have a position system which has been used for navigational purposes. The distance of the stellar objects are more than humanly navigable. Even during the day stars shine but cannot be seen. The composition of stars are not fully known to man. In the stellar objects seen, those which twinkle are stars and the others are planets and other stellar objects. Carbon is a major compound found in stars (Diamond is a form of carbon)
Philosophical: Every shining star needs to be seen at the right time. For every brightness there is darkness attached to it. Even the achievers exist around us, they are known when seen in times of need. The achievers guide us in our lives with their experience. We fully do not know the lives of people who shine bright. Even while we sleep, achievers toil to shine bright. Even the stars we adore are bound by the broad universal truth. Those achievers who shine in life are to face difficulties and only the hardness in self values will make them shine (Diamond is the hardest substance known)
Artistic: Little stars leaves us wondering as they look like diamonds studded up in the deep blue canvas of the sky. They are the seeds of creativity who are so patterned that they guide us through. And leave awe and wonder in us forever - for a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
There are many layers to it, but we do not see the truth hidden in these lines. You might come up with a whole new meaning in life with simple lines and nursery rhymes... Keep thinking and shine like a star, knowing, the time for you is limited... as the poem rightly points out.
Have a great thoughtful time ahead ....