Two Poems of Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley(August 4, 1742 – July 8, 1822) pronounced was one of the major English Romatic poets and is widely considered to be among the finest lyric poets of the English Language. He is perhaps most famous for such anthology pieces as Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and The Masque of Anarchy. However, his major works were long visionary poems including Alastor, Adonais, The Revolt of Islam, Prometheus Unbound and the unfinished The Triumph of Life.


A widow bird sate mourning for her love
Upon a wintry bough;
The frozen wind crept on above,
The freezing stream below.

There was no leaf upon the forest bare,
No flower upon the ground,
And little motion in the air
Except the mill-wheel’s sound.

This poem is the real image of our victims in Earthquake. Bless them!


Music, when soft voices die
Vibrates in the memory—
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the beloved’s bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

Shelley is one of English poets whom I like. He is so popular in China mainly due to his great poem “Ode to the West Wind“. Especially the last sentence of this poem is most famous:
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

It encourages many people in difficulties to struggle for their dream, their ideal.