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Chorus From Hellas
(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Chorus From Hellas

Poem By Percy Bysshe Shelley

The world`s great age begins anew,
The golden years return,
The earth doth like a snake renew
Her winter weeds outworn:
Heaven smiles, and faith and empires gleam,
Like a wrecks of a dissolving dream.

A brighter Hellas rears its mountains
From waves serener far;
A new Peneus rolls his fountains
Against the morning star.
Where fairer Tempes bloom, there sleep
Young Cyclads on a sunnier deep.

A loftier Argo cleaves the main,
Fraught with a later prize;
Another Orpheus sings again,
And loves, and weeps, and dies.
A new Ulyssses leaves once more
Calypso for his native shore...

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I enjoyed these lines very much- -]Another Orpheus sings again, / And loves, and weeps, and dies./ A new Ulyssses leaves once more / Calypso for his native shore... The rest of this not so much
For me Shelley's Ode to the West Wind and his sonnet Ozymandias stand out. I get an uplift from the opening two lines of this poem but note the oddness of snake renewing and winter weeds joined in one image. I also puzzle about Like a wrecks of a dissolving dream—though this may be due to the person who typed the poem out. Lessons we can take from this—even Shelley was human and no poet writes masterpieces every time. -GK
Very nice and fine piece of writing here... I like this one
Yeah every new Ulyssses leaves once more Calypso for his native shore... greatly writings
' The earth doth like a snake renew'.....nice simile! Nicely rhymed!


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