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Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley


"Love's Philosophy" is a poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The poem is stating that nothing in this life is alone and that every object, even rivers and winds, have something, but why doesn't the narrator have his love? He goes on to state that everything is passionate towards one another in this life, but still, he doesn't receive a kiss from his love.

"Love's Philosophy" consists of two stanzas made up of eight lines in each. They are rhymed as ABABCDCD. There doesn't seem to be a pattern of foot or meter, however, the rhythm stays throughout it due to the changing of feet.


Love's Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In another's being mingle--
Why not I with thine?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower could be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;--
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Nature, Love, Relationship, Passion

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