Written by an English romantic poet, William Wordsworth, the poem “She was a phantom of delight” is a mystical introspection related to religious pantheistic creed. The poem depicts the man’s love for the woman he is in love with. It is about developing as a conscious being. A perfect poem for Valentine’s Day to gift your beloved. Let her know that she is the one whom you had been imaging as your perfect better half. Valentine’s Day, an occasion to express your love and feelings for the most special person of your life! Recite this poem and let her know what she means to you and how she has changed the face of your life.
She Was a Phantom of Delight
- William Wordsworth
She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament:
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and way-lay.
I saw her upon a nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A Creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears and smiles.
And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A Being breathing thoughtful breath,
A Traveler between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly planned,
To warm, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright,
With something of angelic light.