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To the Moon by Percy Bysshe Shelley


"To the Moon" is a poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this writing, Shelley personifies the moon. He first says that it is pale and then asks if it is weary of being lonely while wardering the sky by itself (since it's "a different birth"), and always changing.

This poem is made up of six lines put into only one stanza. It contains the rhyme scheme ABABCC. The final two lines are not rhymed perfectly. The shorter lines are made up of seven syllables while the longer lines switch between eleven and ten.


To the Moon

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 constance.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Night, Sky, Being Alone