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A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays

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Percy Blysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822) was a major English Romantic poet who was considered to be the greatest lyric poet in the English language. His major works were long visionary poems including, Alastor, The Revolt of Islam, Prometheus Unbound and the unfinished The Triumph of Life. Shelley was a strong advocate for social justice for the 'lower classes'. He witnessed ma ...more
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Published November 3rd 2006 by Hard Press (first published 2001)
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Tessa
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Pretty good, I must say. Shelley writes beautifully, it made me curious to read actual poems from him.

"Poetry is indeed something divine. It is at once the centre and circumference of knowledge."

"Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds."

"Poetry thus makes immortal all that is best and most beautiful in the world."

"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven."
Carolina
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I think I may have to read this one a few more times to come to a definite conclusion, but one read caused me to question a number of ideas expressed here.

First of all, it seemed there was no difference whatsoever between style and poetry to Shelley. Shelley refers Plato and Lord Bacon as poets because their language possessed a certain rhythm. Where does style end and poetry begin?

Secondly, he also states poetry needs moral. I think it's an interesting idea, even if something that never occurre
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Lynda
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Poetry is indeed something divine." and "Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted." - Well, that says pretty much all about it, doesn't it?
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Although he's not famous for his philosophical stances, it's interesting to see how British empiricism and continental idealism were deeply intertwined in his thoughts.
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Shelves: poets-prose
fading coal, spirit of the age...

"poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."
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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 a ...more
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“A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.” 121 likes
“Sorrow, terror, anguish, despair itself are often the chosen expressions of an approximation to the highest good. Our sympathy in tragic fiction depends on this principle; tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain. This is the source also of the melancholy which is inseparable from the sweetest melody. The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself.” 32 likes
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