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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Horsham, Sussex the son of a Whig landowner. He was educated at Eton and Oxford, from which he was sent down in 1811 for writing a pamphlet on atheism. This, together with his elopement with and marriage to the sixteen year-old Harriet Westbrook in the same year, caused an irreparable breach with his family.

Shelley later abandoned Harriet for Mary Wollstonecraft, whom he married after Harriet's suicide. Shelley's latter years were spent in the company of other literary and political exiles in Italy, where he enjoyed a greater freedom to express his revolutionary ideas. He drowned at sea in the Bay of Spezia.

Shelley is without doubt one of the great Romantic poets who, in spite of his turbulent and colourful life, produced works which are full of passion, creative energy, and lyrical beauty.

Ozymandias
Music, when Soft Voices die
Hymn of Pan
The Invitation
Hellas
To a Skylark
The Moon
Ode to the West Wind
  The Indian Serenade
Night
From the Arabic: An Imitation
Lines
To ——
The Question
Remorse


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Percy Bysshe Shelley

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