Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 - 1822

English Romantic Poet


The Cloud (1819)
I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the sky;

Ode of the West Wind (1819) 1.1
Wind Spirit, which art moving everywhere;
Destroyer and preserver; hear, oh, hear!

Ode of the West Wind (1819) 1.53
Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!

Ode of the West Wind (1819) 1.66
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

To a Skylark (1819)
We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

A defence of Poetry (1821)
Poets are the unacknowledged legislature of the world.