To the Moon

By Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley
I
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?

II
Thou chosen sister of the Spirit,
      That gazes on thee till in thee it pities ...

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Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Stars, Planets, Heavens, Nature

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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The life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplify Romanticism in both its extremes of joyous ecstasy and brooding despair. The major themes are there in Shelley’s dramatic if short life and in his works, enigmatic, inspiring, and lasting: the restlessness and brooding, the rebellion against authority, the interchange with nature, the power of the visionary imagination and of poetry, the pursuit of ideal love, and the untamed . . .

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SUBJECT Stars, Planets, Heavens, Nature

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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