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Cloud Rhapsody

 “I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;

I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.”

The Cloud ~ by, Percy Bysshe Shelley 

I invite you to read Shelley’s poem ‘The Cloud’ in all of  its glorious entirety here
The Cloud ~ by, Percy Bysshe Shelley 

31 responses

  1. Shelley is of course my most favorite Romantic poet…. good to see this

    June 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    • Appreciate your comment Dean – thanks much. Also wonderful to know you enjoy P.B. Shelley so much — I was not aware, but so happy to know!

      June 10, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      • been reading him for ages… have a look at Ode To The West Wind

        June 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      • Oh good Dean….just asked Julie for some recs… but this may be a place to start ~ thank you!!!

        June 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM

  2. I’m with Dean – Shelley is my favourite too. The quote and photograph are a perfect match.

    June 9, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    • Wow Julie Thanks – He is really your favorite too? …. so interesting ~ Just loved with this piece, and could not resist sharing with my clouds tonight 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      • Yeah, I did Romantic poetry at uni and he was my absolute favourite – his wife wrote Frankenstein!

        June 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      • That must be Mary Shelley right?? Oh – I’m learning so very much here… it’s like I’m getting a second Maser’s Degree at WordPress!! 🙂 I will read more of his work now for sure — any favorites to suggest Julie? xo

        June 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      • I think he wrote a piece called ‘In defense of poetry’ but it might have been one of the other Romantic poets – I am a bit rusty!

        June 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    • Yes Julie — A Defense Of Poetry… just did a quick read… wow – more of an essay format but must go back and re-read. Here was one quote that I found fascinating…The Imagination is the superior mental faculty: “Reason is to the imagination, as the instrument to the agent, as the body to the spirit, as the shadow to the substance” – Oh my – should save this for a shadow post — 😉 Impressed!

      June 10, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      • Yes!

        June 10, 2012 at 1:05 AM

  3. Perfect poem to fit the perfect photo of majestic skies. 🙂 Sam

    June 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    • Ahh. thanks so much Sam! I did fall for the poem – and will admit – was before I had the photo! It’s probably the first time I worked in that order… but seems like a match nonetheless! So glad you liked!!

      June 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

  4. Excellent.. The photography and selection of poetry by Shelley… perfect!

    June 10, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    • Thanks Cynthia – was just saying I fell for the poem before I had the photo – -backwards for me — but I think it worked ok! So glad you enjoyed 🙂 Now on to explore more of this insanely wonderful poet’s work… 😉

      June 10, 2012 at 1:12 AM

  5. Truly amazing and pefect duo of photographic moment and poetic words! I love this piece from the poem, as well as the whole thing in its entirety! Beautiful! Those clouds, Robyn . . . simply stunning! I love the bright gold of sunlight gilding them from behind with the backdrop of a brilliant blue sky. Wow. The last stanza is just perfect in relation to your shot. “I change, but cannot die . . .” To me, it seems to raise an interesting question of whether the end is truly desired, instead of just the continuous, eternal “change.” Reminds me of your post which featured the conversation between the river and the tree, with the tree envying the water’s eternal, constant movement, while the water, in turn, envied the rooted life of the tree. Interesting connection (and thanks so much for the compliment! I am humbled! These are beautiful words!)

    June 10, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    • Thanks so much KT… so glad you enjoyed. I did find the poem first this time, but have to agree that these clouds just personified Shelley’s piece perfectly — they appear so full of purpose and spirit. 🙂 Yes – I also think your beautiful tributes to the flowers is ever so similar in this way — and that you may have a hidden poetic gift lying dormant my friend !! Thanks also for your insight re: the connection here — am thinking may be a prevailing theme (unintentional) about transition and transformation … will think about that! So appreciate your input ~ and say hello to your beautiful blooms for me today !!

      June 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

  6. I read the poem and lovely photo:)

    June 10, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    • Warm thanks nightlake! Happy you enjoyed them 🙂

      June 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM

  7. Julie Catherine

    Shelley is also one of my favorites, and I love the quote with your photo – perfect combination! 🙂

    June 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    • It certainly seems I’ve been missing out ~ Shelley is loved by so many here. It is great the way we discover ourselves here at WordPress. Thank you for your wonderful comment Julie, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! 😉

      June 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

  8. For you…

    June 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    • So beautiful this was to awaken to today Carlos… the music and visual – heaven sent! Thank you warmly mi amigo;)

      June 11, 2012 at 2:29 PM

  9. i have always enjoyed Shelley’s writings. Some of his works are my favorite poems. It is always a joy to visit here. I so enjoy both your art and your words. I know I have nominated you for awards before, but I feel I so want to share these with you. You can choose of course how you want to respond to them. I am honored to give you the Reader Appreciation Award and the Living Passionately Award. http://bellableue.com/2012/06/11/gratitude-for-wonderful-bloggers-and-appreciation-for-awards/ Blessings always, Erin

    June 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement and support Erin … so flattered you have nominated me again. Will hope to one day do another awards post ~ so wonderful to have your presence here at my humble blog-home 🙂 Much Love and appreciation to you … RL

      June 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

  10. Lovely photo and poignant quote…the sky truly does look heavenly with just a hint of the light…wonderful Robyn:)

    June 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    • Thanks so much David. Yes heavenly ~ especially in tandem with Shelley’s poem 😉 Much appreciate my friend.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

  11. Sometimes the poem paints a picture that we can only attempt to recapture. Nicely done dear. ~D

    June 11, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    • Thanks Dan… so true are your words 😉

      June 11, 2012 at 2:26 PM

  12. ~Lady Day

    Loved this…always worth my time to visit…xo…love Shelley too. Your new header is great:) Thanks for your inspiration as always Robyn:)

    June 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    • So glad – and another Slelley fan! Wow ~ so many and I can see why! Glad you liked header – had an hour on the beach and a photo op so grabbed it yesterday…will due for now as I was not liking the spring pic! Love to you today LD!

      June 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

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