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The Grave Of Shelley Analysis



Author: Poetry of Oscar Wilde Type: Poetry Views: 373

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LIKE burnt-out torches by a sick man's bed

Gaunt cypress-trees stand round the sun-bleached stone;

Here doth the little night-owl make her throne,

And the slight lizard show his jewelled head.

And, where the chaliced poppies flame to red,

In the still chamber of yon pyramid

Surely some Old-World Sphinx lurks darkly hid,

Grim warder of this pleasaunce of the dead.



Ah! sweet indeed to rest within the womb

Of Earth, great mother of eternal sleep,10

But sweeter far for thee a restless tomb

In the blue cavern of an echoing deep,

Or where the tall ships founder in the gloom

Against the rocks of some wave-shattered steep.










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Wilde and Shelley were not friends, as Wilde was born roughly three decades after Shelley had died. This poem is most likely just admiration on Wilde\'s part; Shelley was handsome, talented, and died young, the mark of a good literary tragedy.

| Posted on 2011-10-02 | by a guest


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Actually, Oscar Wilde, Percy Shelley and his wife (Mary Shelley) were all good friends, as well as \'\'partners\'\'. That\'s what inspired him to write this poem.

| Posted on 2011-07-14 | by a guest


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i read something about another poet named percy bysshe shelley who died before oscar wilde really 'made it'. i think this poem might have been related to him and maybe oscar wilde looked up to him or something. Its possible that he might have visited his grave and was thus inspired to write this poem about it. At one point Shelley sailed to Leghorn to meet a friend of his and during the stormy voyage the ship sank and he drowned. I think that the lines 'in the blue cavern of an echoing deep, or where the tall ships founder in the glook against the rocks of some wave-shattered steep' alludes to the death of Shelley.

| Posted on 2006-03-20 | by Approved Guest




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