Poetry Of Percy Shelley
At once passionate and subtle, Shelley's poetry embodied the Romantic movement. Filled with symbolic creations, enigmas, hints of rebellion, and his unbounded imagination, his verses found a place for him in the pantheon of great English poets. This collection features all his most famous poems, including 'Ozymandias', 'Ode to a skylark', 'The mask of anarchy', and the 'Hymn of Apollo'. Shelley's idealism extraordinary vision, and expert artistry are fascinating and richly rewarding.
Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on 4 August 1792 near Horsham in Sussex. His father was an member of parliament. Shelley was educated at Eton and at Oxford University. There he began to read radical writers such as Tom Paine and William Godwin. In 1811, he was expelled for his contribution to a pamphlet supporting atheism. Shelley then eloped to Scotland with 16-year-old Harriet Westbrook. The resulting scandal caused a serious rift with his family. Harriet and Shelley had two children, but soon separated. In 1813, Shelley published his first serious work, 'Queen Mab'. In 1814, Shelley fell in love with Mary, the 16-year-old daughter of writers William Godwin (a friend of Shelley's) and Mary Wollstonecraft. The couple travelled together in Europe and spent the summer of 1816 at Lake Geneva with Lord Byron. Shelley wrote poetry and Mary conceived the idea for her novel 'Frankenstein'. In December 1816, Shelley and Mary were married, just a few weeks after Harriet had drowned herself. In 1818, Shelley took his family to Italy where they moved from city to city. Two of the Shelley's children died and Mary herself suffered a nervous breakdown. Nonetheless, this was the most productive period of Shelley's life. Poems included 'Prometheus Unbound' (1818-19) and 'Adonais' (1821), inspired by the death of his friend and fellow poet John Keats.