Love through the ages

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Romantic Period – 1785-1830

eorge Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Byron, like Shelley and Keats, is regarded as one of the Second Generation Romantic Poets. He is known for his brief poems and the narrative poems, ‘Don Juan’ and ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’. Byron is as well known for his private life as he is for his poetry. At the centre of many scandals, including an alleged affair with his half sister, Byron was somewhat of a celebrity in his time.

She Walks in Beauty (1814)

SHE walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies,

And all that's best of dark and bright

Meets in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellow'd to that tender light

Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impair'd the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress

Or softly lightens o'er her face,

Where thoughts serenely sweet express

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek and o'er that brow

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

— A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent.

George Gordon, Lord Byron

So We’ll Go No More A-Roving (1817)

SO, we'll go no more a-roving

So late into the night,

Though the heart be still as loving,

And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,

And the soul wears out the breast,

And the heart must pause to breathe,

And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,

And the day returns too soon,

Yet we'll go no more a-roving

By the light of the moon.

Romantic Period – 1785-1830

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)


helley is known as one of the Second Generation of the Romantic Poets. He is also known as a playwright, essayist and author of Gothic fiction. Shelley is regarded as one of the finest lyric poets, but like many others, was only recognised after his early death from drowning in Italy. Shelley is perhaps best known for his verse works including ‘Ozymandias’ and ‘The Masque of Anarchy’.
Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory;
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,

Are heaped for the beloved's bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

Romantic Period - 1785 - 1830

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