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Percy Bysshe Shelley




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Shelley: Plain Text of the Poets e-book

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Percy Bysshe Shelley. The life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplify English Romanticism in both its extremes of joyous ecstasy and brooding despair. Born on August 4, 1792-the year of the Terror in France-Percy Bysshe Shelley (the Bysshe from his grandfather, a peer of the realm) was the son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley. Shelley’s six years at Eton College, which he entered at age 12 in 1804, are more notable for his early love interests and for his early literary endeavors than for what he learned in the formal curriculum.

A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, Shelley did not see fame during his lifetime, but recognition of his achievements in poetry grew steadily following his death.

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born August 4, 1792, at Field Place, near Horsham, Sussex, England. The eldest son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley, with one brother and four sisters, he stood in line to inherit not only his grandfather's considerable estate but also a seat in Parliament. He attended Eton College for six years beginning in 1804, and then went on to Oxford University. He began writing poetry while at Eton, but his first publication was a Gothic novel, Zastrozzi (1810), in which he voiced his own heretical and atheistic opinions through the villain Zastrozzi.

His major works include the long visionary poems 'Prometheus Unbound' and 'Adonais', an elegy on the death of John Keats. His shorter, classic verses include 'To a Skylark', 'Mont Blanc' and 'Ode to the West Wind'.

Browse through Percy Bysshe Shelley's poems and quotes

Browse through Percy Bysshe Shelley's poems and quotes. 324 poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley, born the heir to rich estates and the son of an Member of Parliament, went to University College, Oxford in 1810, but in March of the following year he and a friend, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, were both expelled for the suspected authorship of a pamphlet entitled The Necessity of Atheism. In 1811 he met and eloped to Edinburgh with Harriet Westbrook and, one year later, went with her and her older sister first to Dublin, then to Devon and North Wales, where they stayed for six months into 1813.

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on August 4, 1792, at Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex, into an aristocratic . In 1814 Shelley traveled abroad with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, the daughter of the philosopher and anarchist William Godwin (1756-1836).

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on August 4, 1792, at Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex, into an aristocratic family. His father, Timothy Shelley, was a Sussex squire and a member of Parliament. Mary's young stepsister Claire Clairmont was also in the company. During this journey Shelley wrote an unfinished novella, The Assassins (1814).

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Percy Bysshe Shelley is one of the most popular English Romantic poets, and is regarded .

He was born on 4th of August 1792 in England. Shelly harbored highly radical social, political views setting him against the existing social norms.

Reading this, I emphasized completely with Mary Shelley. It's very hard not to fall in love with her husband, when reading his poetry! ;) I think he challenged Christina Rosetti and Baudelaire, who'd been battling for the position of my favorite poet. His work is beautiful, romantic, and paints a vivid, magical picture of other worlds with his works. If you enjoy Algernon Blackwood,
Anne Rice, and Mary Shelley herself, I think you'll love Shelley's work.
First, William Meredith writes a brief but useful essay to put Shelley's works into a context. He neither overpraises the poet nor dismisses him as overrated.

Second, it's the poetry itself that is crucial for any such volume. On page 28, we come across a poem that I think is wonderful, "Mutability." This indicates that there are few constants, and closes with a couple wonderful lines:

"Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
Naught may endure but mutability."

Brief, but telling. One of my favorite of Shelley's poems.

Then, perhaps, my favorite poem of all: "Ozymandias." What a wonderful warning against the Greeks' tragic flaw of hubris. The final five lines say it all:

"'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

Powerful stuff, speaking to the futility of those who are arrogant.

And so many more poems. . . . The anti-war poem, "Similes for Two Political Characters in 1819," which closes with the line:

"Two vipers tangled into one."

I once used one of his poems, "To Sophia [Miss Stacey]," in a letter to a special person in my life at that time.

And, at this point in my life, his lament about aging, "A Lament," takes on some poignancy.

And so on. . . .

This is a special slim little volume that I bought decades ago, but it still resonates.
Why publish a book about Shelley with a picture of a much older man on the cover. Or is that a picture of the author? Shelley died young and there are a number of beautiful and realistic portraits of him available to use, so why be so careless with this cover?
Wasn't what I had expected.

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