Published On: Mon, Jan 6th, 2014

Poems from Italy: Lines Written in the Bay of Lerici

This poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley was inspired by his time spent on the Gulf of Lerici, unofficially knows as the Gulf of Poets because of the large number of writers who were inspired by living here

 

…I sat and saw the vessels glide
Over the ocean bright and wide,
Like spirit-winged chariots sent
O’er some serenest element
For ministrations strange and far,
As if to some Elysian star
Sailed for drink to medicine
Such sweet and bitter pain as mine.
And the wind that wing’d their flight
From the land came fresh and light,
And the scent of winged flowers,
And the coolness of the hours
Of dew, and sweet warmth left by day,
Were scatter’d o’er the twinkling bay.
And the fisher with his lamp
And spear about the low rocks damp
Crept, and struck the fish which came
To worship the delusive flame.
Too happy they, whose pleasure sought
Extinguishes all sense and thought
Of the regret that pleasure leaves,
Destroying life alone, not peace!

 

Italy beach Lerici

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