Treasure Island

Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

The Grave Of Shelley


LIKE burnt-out torches by a sick man's bed
Gaunt cypress-trees stand round the sun-bleached stone;
Here doth the little night-owl make her throne,
And the slight lizard show his jewelled head.
And, where the chaliced poppies flame to red,
In the still chamber of yon pyramid
Surely some Old-World Sphinx lurks darkly hid,
Grim warder of this pleasaunce of the dead.

Ah! sweet indeed to rest within the womb
Of Earth, great mother of eternal sleep,
But sweeter far for thee a restless tomb
In the blue cavern of an echoing deep,
Or where the tall ships founder in the gloom
Against the rocks of some wave-shattered steep.

Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2001
Edited: Friday, May 18, 2001

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: sick, mother, red, sleep, sun, world, night, tree

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Grave Of Shelley by Oscar Wilde )

Enter the verification code :

  • Sagnik Chakraborty (10/26/2009 3:45:00 PM)

    Excellent! A befitting lyrical portrait of the final resting place of the ashes of the 'restless' volcano that was Shelley. A masterly tribute to an unparalleled master. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

New Poems

  1. Bottled and Guarded the Overberg Story, Jenny Santiago
  2. हमारा घर हमारा भारत, MIRTUNJAY KUMAR
  3. Lampost, Naveed Khalid
  4. Tablet Of Simurgh, Naveed Khalid
  5. My Chamber of the Great Escape, Jenny Santiago
  6. To The Moon I, Naveed Khalid
  7. Where I want to be, Jenny Santiago
  8. Beehive, Naveed Khalid
  9. Purgatory, Naveed Khalid
  10. I seek, hasmukh amathalal

Poem of the Day

poet Geoffrey Chaucer

The firste stock-father of gentleness,
What man desireth gentle for to be,
Must follow his trace, and all his wittes dress,
Virtue to love, and vices for to flee;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Trees, Joyce Kilmer
  7. After Long Drought, Mark Van Doren
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]