And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Percy Bysse Shelly, “The Sensitive Plant“
I celebrate spring. In truth, I celebrate nature and every change of seasons. Right now in springtime, I am smitten with the beautiful gifts of nature. It seems appropriate that this week I would choose a quote that celebrates this season of rebirth. It is also appropriate that in the continuing cycle of life I quote from a poet who wrote 200 years ago. This poem, like all great poetry, stands the test of time. An emerging spring marks the end of every winter and this poem eternally celebrates the seasonal change.
Percy Bysshe Shelly was an 19th century English romantic poet. Some consider him to be the greatest of the romantic poets. His poetry was considered to be radical for the time as were his political and social views. Among other things his writing reference incest, attacks on religion and free love. He was not well-known in his short 3o years of life as many were afraid to publish his poetry. His fame came after his death.