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. 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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- Love's Philosophy
- A Lament
- Ode to the West Wind
- To The Men Of England
- A Bridal Song
- I Arise from Dreams of Thee
- Music, When Soft Voices Die
- To A Skylark
- The Cloud
- A Dialogue
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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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