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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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  • ''Sun-girt City! thou hast been
    Ocean's child, and then his queen;
    Now is come a darker day,
    And thou soon must be his prey,''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Lines Written among the Euganean Hills (l. 76-79). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley....
  • ''Nothing in the world is single;
    All things by a law divine
    In one spirit meet and mingle.
    Why not I with thine?''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Love's Philosophy (l. 5-8). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (199...
  • ''My own, my human mind, which passively
    Now renders and receives fast influencings,
    Holding an unremitting interchange
    With the clear universe of things around;''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Mont Blanc (l. 37-40). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) Th...
  • ''Some say that gleams of a remoter world
    Visit the soul in sleep,—that death is slumber,
    And that its shapes the busy thoughts outnumber
    Of those who wake and live.—''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Mont Blanc (l. 49-52). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) Th...
  • ''Thou hast a voice, great Mountain, to repeal
    Large codes of fraud and woe; not understood
    By all, but which the wise, and great, and good
    Interpret, or make felt, or deeply feel.''
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. "Mont Blanc."
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  • 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!

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

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

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

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

  • 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?

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

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

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

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

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

    Your wife was a harlot

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