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Percy Bysshe Shelley


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Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822; pronounced /ˈpɜrsi ˈbɪʃ ˈʃɛli/) was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. Shelley was famous for his association with John Keats and Lord Byron. The novelist Mary Shelley was his second wife.
He is most famous for such classic anthology verse works as Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and The Masque of Anarchy, which are among the most popular and critically acclaimed poems in the English language. His major works, however, are long visionary poems which included Alastor, Adonaïs, The Revolt of Islam, and the unfinished work The Triumph of Life. The Cenci (1819) and Prometheus Unbound (1820) were dramatic plays in five and four acts respectively. He wrote the Gothic novels Zastrozzi (1810) and St. Irvyne (1811) and the short works The Assassins (1814) and The Coliseum (1817).
Shelley’s unconventional life and uncompromising idealism, combined with his strong disapproving voice, made him an authoritative and much-denigrated figure during his life and afterward. Shelley never lived to see the extent of his success and influence. Some of his works were published, but they were often suppressed upon publication. Up until his death, with approximately 50 readers as his audience, it is said he made no more than 40 pounds from his writings.

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  • Forteski

    Classic Literature group:

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • aHeadOnTheDoor

    Hail to thee, blithe spirit! (I agree with oceannocturne and would like to further recommend the article "The Philosophy of Shelley's Poetry" by William Butler Yeats).

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • oceannocturne

    SHELLEY, SHELLEY, SHELLEY! My undying favourite when it comes to the Romantics. I just adore him so much, and really recommend Shelley: The Pursuit by Richard Holmes for anyone interested in finding out more.

    6 Aug 2007 Reply