Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Love's Philosophy - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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?

Comments about Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Mwenyeji Spikes Mwenyeji Spikes (5/20/2016 4:10:00 AM)

    the imagery on this poem is amazing, I like it (Report) Reply

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  • Kaisar Saggu Kaisar Saggu (4/10/2016 12:59:00 PM)

    nothing is in the world single, wonderful words. only togetherness bring charm& life (Report) Reply

  • Janice Lunsford (4/4/2016 2:56:00 PM)

    Be still my heart exquisite (Report) Reply

  • Er Dheeraj (2/29/2016 5:55:00 PM)

    One of the most beautiful love lyric in the history of love philosophy.
    The central theme revolves around the mutual binding and coupling between the two different natural forces.The beauty of the poem lies with the lyric describing the self attraction among the fountain, the rivers and the ocean.Finally the poem ends with the appeal and urge for kiss and togetherness, as nothing in the world is single by giving all the natural references of several different love forms, otherwise these natural kissing and coupling are worthless. (Report) Reply

  • Emmanuel Martins (2/3/2016 5:50:00 PM)

    Wow. . . It perfectly describes how I feel. A nice piece of art and creativity. I love it (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/23/2015 12:25:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem............I loved it. PBS (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (8/11/2015 4:26:00 PM)

    ....a beautiful and timeless piece, simply superb ★ (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Ferrara (8/8/2015 11:33:00 PM)

    It is written incorrectly. Should be this:

    The Fountains mingle with the River
    And the Rivers with the Ocean,
    The winds of Heaven mix for ever
    With a sweet emotion;
    Nothing in the world is single;
    All things by law divine
    In one spirit meet and mingle.
    Why not I with thine? -

    See the mountains kiss high Heaven
    And the waves clasp one another;
    No sister-flower would be forgiven
    If it disdained its brother,
    And the sunlight clasps the earth
    And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
    What is all this sweet work worth
    If thou not kiss me?

    Everything about poem matters. Punctuation, spelling, the capitalization of some words and not others, spacing(notice for ever is two words) and placement on the page(straight left-center-or straight right) , and especially its life beyond the author. Please work to keep them true to when they were composed. (Report) Reply

    Kevin Ferrara (8/8/2015 11:44:00 PM)

    ...and should be centered, but this comments section can't do that.

    Kevin Ferrara (8/8/2015 11:44:00 PM)

    ...should be centered, but this site would not allow it in comments section.

  • Chinedu Dike (8/6/2015 1:43:00 PM)

    Brilliant piece of poetry, subtly and elegantly penned in poetic diction with beautiful rhyme scheme. A great romantic poem bristling with emotion and desire. Another master piece from an icon of monumental proportions. His poem OZYMANDIAS, a piece of great elegance with rendition of words to utmost justice, that leaves the reader with an enigma to ponder, a compelling work of art that inspired the way I wrote my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makwana Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makwana (8/4/2015 11:56:00 PM)

    Amazing indirection of lips clasping to his beloved one! (Report) Reply

  • Gabriel Romero Gabriel Romero (7/12/2015 3:23:00 AM)

    Man, Percy, take a hint... (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (6/20/2015 8:11:00 PM)

    Piece of great elegance, beautifully penned in poetic diction with conviction. A lovely romantic poem indeed. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

  • Moh. Ghufron Cholid Moh. Ghufron Cholid (5/18/2015 9:30:00 PM)

    i like this (Report) Reply

  • Oduro Bright Amoh (4/20/2015 6:29:00 PM)

    This poem makes me smile whenever i read it (Report) Reply

  • Matthew Holloway Matthew Holloway (3/29/2015 2:57:00 PM)

    perfection in poetry (Report) Reply

  • sagar kumar (2/12/2015 3:26:00 AM)

    The most loving poem (Report) Reply

  • sagar kumar (2/12/2015 3:26:00 AM)

    The most loving poem (Report) Reply

  • Dheeraj kry (2/11/2015 2:23:00 PM)

    Presents the importance of love in nature as love is a natural force that binds every human being towads 1 another... (Report) Reply

  • Lester Springer (2/7/2015 11:32:00 AM)

    As All things have something to touch, May HUMANITY NOT LOSE ITS WAY.. (Report) Reply

  • 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

    Dheeraj kry (2/11/2015 2:20:00 PM)

    Can we b friends to share our ideas on poetry...

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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