Questions tagged [percy-bysshe-shelley]

Questions related to the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822) and his work.

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What does Shelley mean by “if we could scorn fear” in “To a Skylark”?

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “To a Skylark” discusses human nature as compared to the “blithe spirit”. Shelley all throughout the poem is sure that Skylark was in joy, he was not in dilemma as Wordsworth ...
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How do we know that Shelley's “Adonais” refers to Byron and Moore?

In every site I've seen that analyzes Shelley's Adonais, they all agree that in the following stanza the "Pilgrim of Eternity" refers to Byron. Here is one example: From stanza 30 to 35, ...
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Is this line from Shelley’s A Lament an allusion to his Skylark?

The poem A Lament by P.B. Shelley goes like this O world! O Life! O Time! On whose last steps I climb, Trembling at that where I stood before; When will return the glory of your prime? No more, —O ...
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Who and for what called Shelley “beautiful and ineffectual angel”?

I was reading a blog, which was shared to me on a virtual platform, where it was written that “XYZ called Shelley as ‘beautiful and ineffectual angel’”. I don’t remember who was that XYZ but that blog ...
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Is “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought” a deliberate contradiction by Shelley?

Shelley was admiring the “profuse strains” of the “blithe spirit” and when he compares human songs with the skylark’s Waking or asleep, Thou of death must deem Things more true and deep Than we ...
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Who is the 'one who had lifted it' in Shelley's sonnet about 'the painted veil'?

In Shelley's famous sonnet, which begins 'Lift not the painted veil', the "turn" is placed - unusually - in the seventh line. Lift not the painted veil which those who live Call Life: ...
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Could Ozymandias be interpreted as referring to the power of the Church/pope?

The poem's central line that establishes the theme of power: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Does the "king of kings" part happen to be a subtle reference to the English papacy ...
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On what occasion did Shelley say “Keats was a Greek”?

Once Shelley said, "Keats was a Greek." What was the context? Whom did he say this to?
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Sentence structure of a stanza in “Ozymandias”—how the grammar works?

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed. I do get that it says that the one who made ...
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Stories From the Year Without a Summer

I have seen the story many times: Percy and Mary Shelley (not yet wed) paid an a visit to Lord Byron in 1816. Attributed now to the eruption at Mount Tambora, this year was unseasonably cool. Spending ...