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Music, When Soft Voices Die by Percy Bysshe Shelley


"Music, When Soft Voices Die" is a death poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. This poem is most likely about a loved one's death. In the second stanza, Shelley states that we put roses on the beloved person's bed and think about them when they are gone. Love continues even if the person we loved passed away.

"Music, When Soft Voices Die" is a poem made up of two stanzas with four lines in each. The rhyme scheme is AABB, even though the first rhyme of the poem isn't perfect (at least, not to modern day ears). This poem is written in trochee foot.


Music, When Soft Voices Die

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 heap'd for the beloved's bed;
And so thy thoughts when thou are gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Death, Love

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