There Is Pleasure In The Pathless Woods Poem by George Gordon Byron

There Is Pleasure In The Pathless Woods

Rating: 3.6


There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Wanikki C 14 September 2012

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal. Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean-roll! Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain; Man marks the earth with ruin-his control Stops with the shore; -upon the watery plain The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain A shadow of man's ravage, save his own, When for a moment, like a dropp of rain, He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan, Without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown. His steps are not upon thy paths, -thy fields Are not a spoil for him, -thou dost arise And shake him from thee; the vile strength he wields For earth's destruction thou dost all despise, Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies, And send'st him, shivering in thy playful spray And howling, to his gods, where haply lies His petty hope in some near port or bay, And dashest him again to earth: —there let him lay. ~by Lord George Gordon Byron, from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

11 0 Reply
Frank Avon 08 April 2015

Thank you for putting this brief canto in context. The context gives an altogether different meaning to the poem and raises it even higher in its rhetorical and thematic significance.

0 0 Reply
Bjpafa Meragente 05 March 2020

Correct. We are in your debt.

0 0 Reply
Wanikki C 14 September 2012

i love this poem but, alas, it's not complete (see below)

7 1 Reply
Ruta Mohapatra 05 December 2021

Such beautiful lines! He remains one of the greatest!

0 0 Reply
Chinedu Dike 04 December 2021

A brilliant work of art.......

0 0 Reply
Nabakishore Dash 04 December 2021

Extremely fabulous poem.

0 0 Reply
Bjpafa Meragente 05 March 2020

Rating the whole, not the extract. Good old dear Lord Byron

0 0 Reply
Mahtab Bangalee 25 March 2019

superb poetic expression - From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, ...// great

0 0 Reply
Nudrat 13 January 2022

Can you please explain these lines

0 0 Reply
Close
Error Success