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(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

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A Lament

O World! O Life! O Time!
On whose last steps I climb,
Trembling at that where I had stood before;
When will return the glory of your prime?
No more -Oh, never more!

Out of the day and night
A joy has taken flight:
Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar
Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight
No more -Oh, never more!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Read poems about / on: grief, winter, summer, spring, joy, world, night, time, heart, life

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  • * Sunprincess * (12/17/2013 7:20:00 AM)

    a beautiful lament...l love spring, it's my favourite season..

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  • China Kelly (12/17/2012 9:21:00 PM)

    very clever. i love this poem.

  • Monai Williams (12/17/2012 8:48:00 PM)

    Wonderful. I hope I have 1 my poems as poem of the day before I'm dead!

  • Savita Tyagi (12/17/2012 8:54:00 AM)

    Love his lamentation. He is not the only one who feels it but he is the one who presents it so beautifully.

  • Babu Rao (3/17/2012 10:35:00 AM)

    good one! really awesome

  • Mia Persson (2/23/2012 5:44:00 AM)

    Love this one! Great!

  • Meef Meef (1/5/2012 10:51:00 AM)

    Golly gee! I think this sure is swell!

  • Assorted Thoughts (12/17/2011 7:48:00 PM)

    Looks like somebody misses the good old days
    Too late now, buddy

  • Ramesh T A (12/17/2011 2:05:00 AM)

    This is the poem written at the lowest ebb of his life! Can freshness of Spring and Summer be ever regained in Winter? Shelley asks quite contrary to his former poem in his best of mood saying 'If winter comes can spring be far behind? ' This is the perfect nature of a romantic poet one has to make a note! ! !

  • Mohammad Muzzammil (2/26/2011 10:46:00 AM)

    Wow! Nice expression along with beautiful language that have tempted my heart. The lament that shelley has presented in verbal means, is quite impressive. It is his spontenedity that we not only remember but miss him alot.

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