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Friday, August 04, 2017

Poetry Friday--It's Percy Bysshe Shelley's Birthday!

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on August 4, 1792. He died slightly less than 30 years later. During his short life he wrote many poems that are still being read today (albeit, for many people, only because his work is assigned in a class). One of his most famous poems is "Ozymandias," which was published in 1818.

Many of his poems go on for several stanzas, but here is one that is one stanza long:
Art Thou Pale for Weariness

Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth,
And ever changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?

It shouldn't be too hard to guess the subject of this poem!

This week the Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted by Donna at Mainely Write. Have a great weekend!


  1. One of my favorite poems of all time is 'Ozymandias,' and I credit it with being one of the poems that got me writing poetry in the first place, back in high school. thanks for sharing both of these poems!

  2. I did not have the poetry of Shelley in school, that I remember anyway. This took me a couple of readings (duh) before it clicked and I knew the subject! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Imagine him whispering that poem in your ear. He must have been quite a guy.