Summary of Shelley’s Hymn to the Spirit of Nature

Hymn to the Spirit of Nature is a poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley.


Asia is the Life of Life. Her lips illuminate the breath passing between them with their love. Her smiles, before they disappear, make the cold air warm. Her enchanting smiles lend a unique glory to her face and she is therefore asked to hide her face from men, who might get lost in these labyrinthine smiling eyes.

Asia is the child of light. Light radiates from her and she is a pure revelation. The bright lustre of her body seems to burn through her clothes just as the brightness of the morning shines through the clouds before they are parted by the sun. Like a heavenly body, Asia is surrounded by a heavenly atmosphere.

Asia is the fairest of all fair spirits. Her beauty is so dazzling and unbearable to the eyes that nobody can see her. Her voice is soft, sweet and sonorous. The glory of her melodious voice screens her from the sight of others. The presence of her liquid splendour is felt but nobody can see her.

Finally, Asia (Spirit of Love) is addressed as Lamp of Earth, for it is she who illumines the whole earth with her divine light. Wherever she moves, her brightness is spread and the objects have brightened The souls of those whom Asia loves can walk upon the winds till they fail as Prometheus is now failing. In spite of his confusion at the dazzling beauty of Asia, he does not feel any regret

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