Please discuss Shelley's poem "Evening: Ponte al Mare, Pisa" at length, including meter and what type of poem it is.

Shelley's "Evening: Ponte Al Mare, Pisa" is a poem celebrating the beauty, tranquility, and constancy of nature. It is a lyrical poem because of its musical rhythm, and it is also a hymn in the sense that it is poem written to praise its subject. The meter of the poem is iambic pentameter.

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In the four stanzas of "Evening: Ponte Al Mare," the speaker praises the beauty, tranquility, and constancy of nature. In the first stanza, he describes the "evening's breath, wandering … Over the quivering surface of the stream." He also says that the ripples on the surface of the water are each in their own "summer dream." The personification of nature in these lines suggests that nature is at peace with itself, like a person enjoying a pleasant dream, gently breathing in and out.

In the third stanza of the poem, the speaker ponders the reflection of the city in the rippling surface of the water. The speaker then invites the reader to leave and return on another day, and the speaker says that when the reader returns they will find the image of city, reflected in the surface of the water, to be the same as it was on the day that they left. The implication here is that this peaceful scene will remain constant, just as nature is constant irrespective of the changing world of man.

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