Study Guide

Adonais Stanza 33

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Stanza 33

Lines 289-297

    His head was bound with pansies overblown,
    And faded violets, white, and pied, and blue;
    And a light spear topp'd with a cypress cone,
    Round whose rude shaft dark ivy-tresses grew
    Yet dripping with the forest's noonday dew,
    Vibrated, as the ever-beating heart
    Shook the weak hand that grasp'd it; of that crew
    He came the last, neglected and apart;
A herd-abandon'd deer struck by the hunter's dart.

  • The speaker is still describing the mysterious, lonely man. He has a crown of flowers and a spear topped with a cypress cone. This is a reference to Dionysus, Greek god of pleasure and partying. Is this the mysterious man? 
  • Maybe—or maybe not. 
  • "Of that crew he came the last" would indicate that he's merely a follower of Dionysus, one that doesn't quite fit in with the rest. After all, Shelley does call him "herd-abandoned." 
  • Let's read on for more clues…

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