Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Yes, marriage is hateful, detestable. A kind of ineffable, sickening disgust seizes my mind when I think of this most despotic, most unrequited fetter which prejudice has forged to confine its energies.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Letter, May 2, 1811. The Letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley, vol. 1, ed. Frederick L. Jones (1964).
To the same correspondent (Thomas Jefferson Hogg), June 21, 1811, Shelley called matrimony "... the most horrible of all the means which the world has had recourse to bind the noble to itself," but justified his own marriage in a letter to Hogg on Oct. 8 of that year on the grounds that, until considerable improvement of morals had been brought about, it would be advisable to maintain the institution of matrimony.