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Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Percy Bysshe Shelley
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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. However, by 1814, and with the birth of two children, their marriage had collapsed and Shelley eloped once again, this time with Mary Godwin.

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  • ''I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. letter, Jan. 3, 1811.
  • It were as wise to cast a violet into a crucible that you might discover the formal principle of its colour and odour, as seek to transfuse from one language into another the creations of a poet. The ...
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).
  • ''Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).
  • ''Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).
  • ''Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).
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  • Rookie - 902 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (9/18/2014 6:41:00 AM)

    Percy Bysshe Shelley is the reason why I started writing poetry, why I began loving and living verse. Audacious, uncompromising and beautifully lyrical, he is the one of the most profound and versatile poets in the English language, perhaps THE greatest of English literature. For all the intellectual persecution he faced in his lifetime for his radical beliefs and ideals, his works have transcended ages and will, in the future, continue to enchant Mankind and infuse men with their sonorousness, felicity and deep philosophy.
    The Greatest Romantic of Them All!

  • Rookie Zhush Pizon, Jr. (3/11/2014 12:24:00 PM)

    please help me to criticize the ozymandias poem using the historical approach?

  • Rookie Zhush Pizon, Jr. (3/11/2014 12:23:00 PM)

    Please help me criticizing this poem using the historical approach..

  • Rookie Zhush Pizon, Jr. (3/11/2014 12:22:00 PM)

    May i ask anyone about the ways on how to criticize this poem using the historical approach and do Mr. Percy Bysshe Shelly come up with this idea?

  • Rookie Tabby Sampson (7/31/2013 11:08:00 AM)

    i love your poem...........

  • Rookie Vineet Chhikara (5/27/2013 6:32:00 AM)

    poem lovers... check out my poems...

  • Rookie Thaddeus Dugan (10/7/2012 12:17:00 PM)

    percy shelly is the greatest poet of all time. His choice of words and the metaphors portrayed are fantastic. If you really want to read some of his greatest thoughts then read his fragments on this page

  • Rookie Tony Walton (8/27/2012 2:10:00 PM)

    Shelley, though largely unacknowledged then and now, is one of the greats. A better poet than Byron and far more prolific and wide-ranging and imaginative than John Keats, for all his loveliness.
    Please read my poem 'Seashells From The Seashore' about him and his struggle for recognition.

  • Rookie - 26 Points Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco (4/29/2012 12:58:00 PM)

    Percy Bysshe Shelley was an amazing poet and the more I read his poetry the more I realized
    his words and thoughts were from the other side, the musical heavens! Percy Bysshe Shelley
    inspired me to write poetry and not be afraid to write what I feel. Thank-you Percy Bysshe Shelley
    for sharing your talents to the world! Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco

  • Rookie Hamish Morcom (1/5/2012 11:39:00 AM)

    Your wife was a harlot

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