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
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Comments about Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Rookie Cythna Shelley (11/2/2009 9:07:00 AM)

    The true essence of love expressed in sixteen lines.Wonderful.This poem surely touched my heart. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie David Visco (9/13/2009 10:04:00 PM)

    How can anyone read Shelley and not want to fall in love, if in nothing else but in the idea of falling in love with life and the oneness of each other. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Michael Harmon (6/22/2009 8:22:00 AM)

    I'm not a particular fan of Shelley's, and my understanding is this is a pick-up line using sixteen lines and not one of the poems that established him as a major poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points I Am Charlie (6/22/2009 8:19:00 AM)

    well then, why read a romantic poet if not for the watery?
    weak...I wonder. I rather liked it, myself. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (6/22/2009 6:50:00 AM)

    Kevin Straw (6/22/2009 6: 49: 00 AM)
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    I have no problem with the pathetic fallacy - Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book etc are all first class works based on this. However, this is a weak and watery love poem, as one would expect from a Romantic poet!

    Also one would not expect such a poet to attend too closely to the logic of what he was writing. If 'All things by a law divine/In another's being mingle-' then how can the poet and his beloved not be 'mingled' - the poet may desire a different mode of 'mingling', but to do so would be to deny God's providence! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Emancipation Planz (6/22/2009 2:52:00 AM)

    Historic, romantic..... ageless... poetry be this by name... and Shelley I can taste how you lived 'it' and 'wrote' it... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie A K (6/22/2009 12:35:00 AM)

    very good and very true..! ! Ah the beauty of simplicity! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (6/22/2008 7:03:00 AM)

    Personification, thy name is Shelley at his hammiest and most Romantic! Consider his legacy as a Romantic poet (cap here for the poetic movement he espoused in the 19th century) before you go off about profundity and beauty and heaven's blessings. please! Another poet of the time identified Shelley's tendency to personify nature as the 'pathetic fallacy'! A pathetic fallacy means that a poet credits nature with the emotions of human beings. When the technique is overused, as it is here, it becomes absurd.

    Indeed, for real poetry of nature, love and poetry (whatever that means!) read a sonnet or two by Shakespeare. No pathetic fallacy evident in his work! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Janet Hedger (6/22/2008 2:30:00 AM)

    Nature, love and poetry - a match made in heaven - Shelley's words reflect this profoundly and beautifully. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Charles Wiles (Best Love Poems) (12/2/2007 6:19:00 AM)

    As with Byron's 'She Walks in Beauty', I must read this poem almost every day. It is as close to perfection in simplicity and cadence. It is one of the inspirations for my own poems on beauty and influenced 'An Angel's Face'. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Blue angel Florida (6/22/2007 11:48:00 PM)

    WOW...That's pure Isolation and Idolatry...If we shall be the work of God just as the Moutains and the fountains, then shall we be one, and LOVE all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dan Yaron (6/22/2007 3:44:00 PM)

    It's indeed a beautiful poem, and Shelly's simple philosophy reflects the woes of love as it is. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (6/22/2007 8:55:00 AM)

    Why, I don't know if it's the best poem or not, nevertheless it's definitely the one who urged me to continue searching the female soul.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie purple moon (6/22/2007 5:18:00 AM)

    this poem is so beautiful and idealistic and pure.........what more can i say. x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Diana Miranda (7/1/2006 7:17:00 PM)

    there is a lot i can say about this poem..but all i can really say its beautiful...it captures nature and shows how love is and how it can be...another thing i can say...take a chance if you love someone because love only comes when in need or when people begin to loose faith in it.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Katie Berry (6/22/2006 10:21:00 AM)

    Loved this, because it describes just how love can be.

    Katie
    ~*~ (Report) Reply










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