Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Love's Philosophy


The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In another's being mingle--
Why not I with thine?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower could be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;--
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Freshman - 1,403 Points Kay Staley (6/22/2014 10:12:00 PM)

    The first paragraph is better and more meaningful than the second. A shifting rhyme scheme fits nicely with this one and gives the reader pause making them think more deeply on the poets words. It just seems sweet and lacks giving the reader much emotion of their own. The poet seems to imply that him and his love are apart but never identifies with what is causing the separation. Humans tend to hold onto anger. Keeping that fact in mind, to make this poem stronger would be to place blame on someone for keeping the lovers apart. This would allow the reader to get involved with the story and create true emotion that would last longer and help them give the poem a significant place in their minds. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie isaiah Chah (6/22/2014 12:19:00 PM)

    great poem, showing how all nature is connected with the great love of God. Nature is a product of the love of God! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,261 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/22/2014 9:04:00 AM)

    It is a beautiful poem from the great poet and the connectivity of different things of nature in perfect unison is really amazing and wonderfully created poem on this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 394 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (6/22/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    But we have learnt to build walls, dams to prevent rivers from flowing, boundaries with mines on no mans land to prevent men or beasts from crossing over and some day we will also prevent winds from blowing freely as divine love no longer exists on this planet (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,094 Points * Sunprincess * (6/18/2014 9:54:00 AM)

    ...............this poems beautiful imagery flashes like lightning.....and the ending argument is so persuasive....truly incredible... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kamal Singh (2/20/2014 5:19:00 AM)

    One of the most beautiful and timeless pieces of literary creation by Shelly. It will outlast eternity in the heart of lovers. Truly amazing flight of imagination and unbridled romance. I just love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sixtus Osim (6/22/2013 4:19:00 PM)

    Shelley deems it very necessary for one to sincerely love his or neighbour. For if inanimate interact in such a lovely manner, how much more man? Whosoever hates his fellow man should be hung a millstone and thrown into the sea. Shelley is also revealing that no man is an island, as well as every other creatures in life.. This poem is quite amazing. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 35,275 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (6/22/2013 12:23:00 AM)

    Lovely love philosophy...his chosen words are at the rhythm of nature his descriptions on nature is worth to read, whether it is cloud or any here in this poem he talked about the binary world, It is not fair to exclude and a lovely demand with reference to nature /So softly so lightly the philosophy (Report) Reply

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