One Sung of thee who Left the Tale Untold

By Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley
One sung of thee who left the tale untold,
         Like the false dawns which perish in the bursting;
Like empty cups of wrought and daedal gold,
         Which mock the lips with air, when they are thirsting.

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Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity

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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 Living, Time & Brevity

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Epigram

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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