Quotation by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I weep for Adonais—he is dead!
O, weep for Adonais! though our tears
Thaw not the frost which binds so dear a head!
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), British poet. Adonais, st. 1 (1821).

Opening lines. This elegy written for poet John Keats, died aged 25, is framed in the tradition of Greek poetry, fitting for one whom Shelley regarded as deriving his inspiration from ancient Greece. The name "Adonais" was probably chosen in allusion to the beautiful youth Adonis, killed by a boar while hunting.
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