The Triumph of Time


The Triumph of Time

The Triumph of Time is a poem by Algernon Swinburne, published in 1866. It is in adapted ottava rima and 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".

External links

* [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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