Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

A Lament

Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

O World! O Life! O Time!
On whose last steps I climb,
Trembling at that where I had stood before;
When will return the glory of your prime?
No more -Oh, never more!

Out of the day and night
A joy has taken flight:
Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar
Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight
No more -Oh, never more!


Comments about A Lament by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Jeetu bharti (1/14/2019 1:24:00 AM)

    This poem is very sad i am very sad(Report)Reply

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  • Maneesh pal (11/24/2018 6:01:00 AM)

    Excellent poet(Report)Reply

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  • Marta Monko (8/22/2018 9:01:00 PM)

    It was a pleasure to read your work. Thank you for sharing Marta(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/4/2018 11:43:00 PM)

    lament note-

    Out of the day and night
    A joy has taken flight:

    .........
    Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight

    O no, never more.......!

    all are the wood of indifferent, phrase of soreness.....(Report)Reply

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  • Monu yadav (4/23/2018 1:35:00 AM)

    Bahut elegy h pb sally(Report)Reply

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  • Kelechi EvansKelechi Evans (3/29/2016 2:52:00 PM)

    My faint heart no more(Report)Reply

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  • Sagnik ChakrabortySagnik Chakraborty (3/4/2015 6:49:00 AM)

    How Shelley, the master wordsmith, can make even grief come alive with feeling! How his lamenting lines invoke both sympathy and empathy from the reader even 200 years down the line!
    PBS lives!(Report)Reply

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  • Sagnik ChakrabortySagnik Chakraborty (3/4/2015 6:41:00 AM)

    How Shelley, the master wordsmith, can make even grief come alive with feeling! How his lines invoke both sympathy and empathy from the reader even 200 years down the line!
    PBS lives!(Report)Reply

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  • Panmelys PanmelysPanmelys Panmelys (12/17/2014 4:32:00 AM)

    It appears that the poet is in complete disarray about his present situation as a poet, (which happens to all poets)
    he regrets his present situation as opposed to his past glory. It is a poem of despair. Perhaps despression.(Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (12/17/2014 2:24:00 AM)

    poet is worried seeing the present and quest for the past glory to regain nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (12/17/2014 1:35:00 AM)

    ........so classic and so very nice....I enjoyed...(Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert PoetryCaptain Herbert Poetry (4/25/2014 6:49:00 AM)

    Gifted on a totality of the poem(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (12/17/2013 7:20:00 AM)

    a beautiful lament...l love spring, it's my favourite season..(Report)Reply

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  • China KellyChina Kelly (12/17/2012 9:21:00 PM)

    very clever. i love this poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Monai WilliamsMonai Williams (12/17/2012 8:48:00 PM)

    Wonderful. I hope I have 1 my poems as poem of the day before I'm dead!(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (12/17/2012 8:54:00 AM)

    Love his lamentation. He is not the only one who feels it but he is the one who presents it so beautifully.(Report)Reply

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  • Babu RaoBabu Rao (3/17/2012 10:35:00 AM)

    good one! really awesome(Report)Reply

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  • Mia Persson (2/23/2012 5:44:00 AM)

    Love this one! Great!(Report)Reply

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  • Meef Meef (1/5/2012 10:51:00 AM)

    Golly gee! I think this sure is swell!(Report)Reply

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  • Assorted Thoughts (12/17/2011 7:48:00 PM)

    Looks like somebody misses the good old days
    Too late now, buddy(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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