The Triumph of Time
is a poem by Algernon Swinburne
, published in 1866
. It is in adapted ottava rima
and is full of elaborate use of literary devices, particularly alliteration
. The theme, which purports to be autobiographical, is that of rejected love. The (male) speaker deplores the ruin of his life, and in tones at times reminiscent of Hamlet
, craves oblivion, for which the sea serves as a constant metaphor.
The Triumph of Time is also the US title of James Blish's novel A Clash of Cymbals.