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Author: poem of Percy Bysshe Shelley Type: poem Views: 52

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Poet of Nature, thou hast wept to know

That things depart which never may return:

Childhood and youth, friendship and love's first glow,

Have fled like sweet dreams, leaving thee to mourn.

These common woes I feel. One loss is mine

Which thou too feel'st, yet I alone deplore.

Thou wert as a lone star, whose light did shine

On some frail bark in winter's midnight roar:

Thou hast like to a rock-built refuge stood

Above the blind and battling multitude:

In honored poverty thy voice did weave

Songs consecrate to truth and liberty,--

Deserting these, thou leavest me to grieve,

Thus having been, that thou shouldst cease to be.          


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This poem is about Percy Bysshe Shelley\'s change in opinion of William Wordsworth. The same man who traveled to France in 1793 to fight with the French revolutionaries has now grown conservative. Shelley is contemptuous of this, that man that \"wert as a lone star\" now makes Shelley grive. We see the imagery of a \"frail bark\", and symbol for the guidance of a multitude towards liberty. This imagery was seen in Wordsworth\'s \"London 1802\". Thus, this can be seen as an attempt to parralel and mock his poetry.

| Posted on 2011-06-09 | by a guest

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Personification : "Childhood and youth, friendship and love's first glow,/Have fled..."
Simile: compares childhood, friendship, love to "sweet dreams"
Alliteration: "blind and battling"
Tone/diction: with such words as "mourn," "winter," "midnight," "woes," "loss," there is a sense of nostalgia and depression.
Somewhat paradoxical thoughts: "winter's midnight roar" - normally winter is thought of as cold, quiet, and rather dead in and of itself. "honored poverty" is also odd for oftentimes it is the rich and powerful who are honored and revered.

| Posted on 2009-03-03 | by a guest

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