The Spell is Broke,
The Charm is Flown!
The spell is broke, the charm is flown!
Thus is it with Life's fitful fever:
We madly smile when we should groan,
Delirium is our best deceiver.
Each lucid interval of thought
Recalls the woes of Nature's character;
And He acts as wise men ought,
But lives - as saints have died -
/George Gordon Byron/
Great romantic poet George Gorgon Byron has written this poem "the Spell is Broke, the Charm is Flown" at the age of 22. Then he was visiting Athens. And this poem is written on January 16, 1810.
This short Byron's poem is very impressive; it is full of different feelings and emotions. It seems that poet has put his passionate heart into it. I think that in this work Byron through romantic hero expresses his emotions and sufferings. In this poem disappointment in life, in love is expressed and felt.
Byron says that people are not frank and true, they pretend, they live as "wise men ought", but, in fact, it makes then suffer. This pretence is unbearable for Byron's hero or maybe even for him himself. This is poem about man who longs for understanding, harmony and, of course, happiness. However, the way in order to reach all that is quite difficult, and man tries to avoid pains and difficulties. Man lives in another world, unreal world, he deceives himself saying that everything is as if should be. But, in fact, this man hides his real feelings, nevertheless, he realizes that no one is interested in them, thus he adapts to living in "delirium" and suffers further.
I suppose that this poem is Byron's calling for help. He wants to be understood; he realizes that the reality and one's dreams differ...