Part of a famous line in the poem "Ode to the West Wind
" written by Percy Bysshe Shelley
, romantic English
poet, and husband to author Mary Shelley
. The full line from the poem states "I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!". Often imitated, and transmutated, used in other poems and writings, notably in On Turning Ten
by Billy Collins
, but other places as well.
It has become a poetic meme