‘Apostrophe to the Ocean’ by Lord Byron is an excerpt from Byron’s long, epic poem ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.’ The excerpt includes seven stanzas from the poem, starting with stanza CLXXVIII, or 178, and ending with stanza 184.
This is a beautiful excerpt from Lord Byron's poetry. It deals with themes that he's well-known for and successfully demonstrates his skill with language and his poetic style. The seven stanzas should be considered some of Byron's most interesting and effective.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
‘Oh! Snatch’s Away in Beauty’s Bloom’ by Lord Byron is a beautiful poem about grief and the importance of expressing such emotions as a means of catharsis.
This is another beautiful poem from Lord Byron that underscores the various Romantic ideals and sentiments contained within his poetry. This includes a reverence for nature that translates to the speaker's love of their dead beloved. But the poem also crucially presents Byron's argument in favor of emotion and such sentimentalism as grieving for those who've died, presenting it as neither weakness nor a riddle to be solved by reason.
Oh! snatched away in beauty’s bloom,
On thee shall press no ponderous tomb;
But on thy turf shall roses rear
Their leaves, the earliest of ' the year;
‘Solitude’ describes how a person can feel content and supported in nature, yet isolated and alone when surrounded by other people.
The poem captures Byron's sense of respect and awe in nature, though perhaps it fails to capture his infamous enjoyment of the company of others. This poem is not regarded as Byroin's best-known, but it is still well-worth reading if you enjoy the poet's work.
To sit on rocks, to muse o'er flood and fell,
To slowly trace the forest's shady scene,
Where things that own not man's dominion dwell,
And mortal foot hath ne'er or rarely been;