Algernon Charles Swinburne

(5 April 1837 - 10 April 1909 / London)

Love Lies Bleeding - Poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Love lies bleeding in the bed whereover
Roses lean with smiling mouths or pleading:
Earth lies laughing where the sun's dart clove her:
Love lies bleeding.

Stately shine his purple plumes, exceeding
Pride of princes: nor shall maid or lover
Find on earth a fairer sign worth heeding.

Yet may love, sore wounded scarce recover
Strength and spirit again, with life receding:
Hope and joy, wind-winged, about him hover:
Love lies bleeding.


Comments about Love Lies Bleeding by Algernon Charles Swinburne

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/19/2018 11:19:00 PM)


    A beautiful poem on love and bleeding nicely executed. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/19/2018 10:57:00 AM)


    Very nice poem on bleeding love indeed. Enjoyed. Thanks for sharing such a nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/19/2018 10:53:00 AM)


    Very nice poem on bleeding love indeed. Enjoyed. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (8/19/2018 8:10:00 AM)


    This poem at first sight has a sad face. But if love lies bleeding refers to the exquisite flowers (their name) that adorn the earth with their plumes of green or red flowers, then indeed let love scarce recover from bleeding, by Jove! ! Let hope and joy, wind winged enjoy these before they die! ! What an intriguing poem...very artfully crafted. Lovit...👌💖 (Report) Reply

  • Fiadh Fida (8/19/2018 6:58:00 AM)


    As love lies bleeding, we have no well love; we have ill love, so soon we should medicate to get the love come round,
    congratulations,10
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/19/2018 5:17:00 AM)


    Love lies bleeding

    and then
    we are shedding tears with unhurt oceanic eyes!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/19/2018 5:10:00 AM)


    His Purple Plumes! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (8/19/2018 1:32:00 AM)


    Yet may love, sore wounded scarce recover
    Strength and spirit again, with life receding:
    Hope and joy, wind-winged, about him hover:
    Love lies bleeding..love and bleeding, experiences of life and love. very well portrayed in imaginative terms.. a fine poem. tony
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  • Susan Williams (8/19/2017 4:20:00 PM)


    Paul and Liza gave this poem its due- -it is rhythmic and it is sadly true. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Amrod (8/19/2017 7:40:00 AM)


    This piece lends itself to a setting with music. Not only is the rhythm well focused, the images lend themselves to a melody, Hat off to the romantic chap from Merry Ol' England. (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sudina (8/19/2017 4:49:00 AM)


    Wonderful rhythm, as if it takes you to smoothly move on quiet and warm waves! the words stretch their longing hands to a reader in order to embrace him or her like tender loveing creature! Perfect construction of a poem. Wave-like construction. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/19/2017 1:05:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem posted here............. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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