Percy Bysshe Shelley


Born
in Horsham, Sussex, England
August 04, 1792

Died
July 08, 1822

Genre

Influences


Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets and is widely considered to be among the finest lyric poets of the English language. He is perhaps most famous for such anthology pieces as Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and The Masque of Anarchy. However, his major works were long visionary poems including Alastor, Adonais, The Revolt of Islam, Prometheus Unbound and the unfinished The Triumph of Life.

Shelley's unconventional life and uncompromising idealism, combined with his strong skeptical voice, made him a authoritative and much denigrated figure during his life. He became the idol of the next two or three generations of poets, including the major Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite poets Robert Browning, Alfr
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Shelley's Poetry and Prose

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Selected Poetry

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4.08 avg rating — 1,945 ratings — published 1913 — 12 editions
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Prometheus Unbound

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Ozymandias

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Ode to the West Wind

3.99 avg rating — 621 ratings — published 1820 — 3 editions
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Selected Poetry and Prose

4.12 avg rating — 441 ratings — published 1951 — 13 editions
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Shelley: Poems

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The Cenci

3.61 avg rating — 366 ratings — published 1819 — 41 editions
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Shelley: A Defence Of Poetry

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“The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?”
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“I have drunken deep of joy,
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“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias

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