- The Triumph of Time
The Triumph of Time is a poem by
Algernon Swinburne, published in 1866. It is in adapted ottava rimaand is full of elaborate use of literary devices, particularly alliteration. The theme, which purports to be autobiographical, is that of rejected love. The (male) speaker deplores the ruin of his life, and in tones at times reminiscent of " Hamlet", craves oblivion, for which the sea serves as a constant metaphor.
"The Triumph of Time" is also the US title of
James Blish's novel "A Clash of Cymbals".
* [http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/2104.html Complete text of the poem]
* [http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/swinburne/swinburne9.html#1 "Victorian Web" article on the poem]
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