Shelley's poem To the Moon. Classic, Romantic verse
Transcript of Video - To the Moon
Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
Among the stars that have a different birth, -
And ever changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?
Some insights, themes and ideas for interpretation
These brief lines are classified as being a ‘fragment’ rather than a full poem, and are often linked with a few other lines to the Moon. The piece does have a coherent structure and meaning, however, without any need for additions.
At night, the poet gazes on the Moon and wonders at it’s origin
The poet personifies the Moon and associates his own loneliness or sense of isolation with its wanderings and restless demeanour (ever changing).
The solitary Moon is also compared to the multitudes of ordinary lights, the stars, that most likely have a different origin or birth to the special Moon.
Finally the poet reflects, rather bitterly perhaps, on the misfortune of the Moon, and himself, in being different (even unique) and unable to find any object worthy of its lasting attention.
A kind of solace for one who might feel a sense of alienation from humanity. Just a tiny bit self-indulgent; a little angry, yet very beautiful.