The Faded Flower by Samuel Coleridge:
Poem Text: The Faded Flower by Samuel Coleridge
Poor faded flow’ret! on his careless way;
Inhal’d awhile thy odours on his walk,
Then onward pass’d and left thee to decay.
Ah! melancholy emblem! had I seen
Thy modest beauties dew’d with Evening’s gem,
I had not rudely cropp’d thy parent stem,
But left thee, blushing, ‘mid the enliven’d green.
And now I bend me o’er thy wither’d bloom,
And drop the tear – as Fancy, at my side,
Deep-sighing, points the fair frail Abra’s tomb –
‘Like thine, sad Flower was that poor wanderer’s pride!
Oh! lost to Love and Truth, whose selfish joy
Tasted her vernal sweets, but tasted to destroy!’
The Faded Flower Review
Samuel Coleridge had the ability to recognize and appreciate all things beautiful. He felt deeply for Nature and her magnificence. This poem is the evidence that he had a kind heart and a soul that ached for everything that was in pain.
Coleridge writes about a flower which was plucked by a man who did not give his action a second thought. He was walking by when he came across the flower. He liked it so he picked it up. After enjoying its odor for a short while, the man threw it away and let it decay.
The Faded Flower by Samuel Coleridge
The poet came across the beautiful flower and wondered why he had not come across it instead of the unthinking man. He would have admired its beauty and would have left it blushing on its stalk.
However, all he could do was to bend over its withered corpse and feel sorry for its melancholic condition. He could not help comparing the flower with a beautiful woman who had lost her life because of selfish love before the harsh reality broke in.
This poem brings to life the saying – if you love a flower, you will let it bloom.