Shelley Sunday: ‘Summer and Winter”

Summer And Winter

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

It was a bright and cheerful afternoon,
Towards the end of the sunny month of June,
When the north wind congregates in crowds
The floating mountains of the silver clouds
From the horizon–and the stainless sky
Opens beyond them like eternity.
All things rejoiced beneath the sun; the weeds,
The river, and the cornfields, and the reeds;
The willow leaves that glanced in the light breeze,
And the firm foliage of the larger trees.

It was a winter such as when birds die
In the deep forests; and the fishes lie
Stiffened in the translucent ice, which makes
Even the mud and slime of the warm lakes
A wrinkled clod as hard as brick; and when,
Among their children, comfortable men
Gather about great fires, and yet feel cold:
Alas, then, for the homeless beggar old!

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Image Source: B. Anderson

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2 thoughts on “Shelley Sunday: ‘Summer and Winter”

  1. Shelley is so magical (and quite a bit sensual, really) with his seasonal descriptions . . . (fishes lying “stiffened” in) translucent ice, stainless sky, firm foliage, mountains of clouds, winds congregating in crowds. I love this one, Brandy!

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