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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 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 many of the mistreatments occurring in the domestication and slaughtering of animals and he became a fighter for the rights of all living things. This collection contains On Love, On Life in a Future State, On the Punishment of Death Speculations, On Metaphysics Speculations, On Morals on the Literature, the Arts and the Manners of the Athenians, On the Symposium, or Preface to the Banquet of Plato, and A Defence of Poetry.


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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 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 many of the mistreatments occurring in the domestication and slaughtering of animals and he became a fighter for the rights of all living things. This collection contains On Love, On Life in a Future State, On the Punishment of Death Speculations, On Metaphysics Speculations, On Morals on the Literature, the Arts and the Manners of the Athenians, On the Symposium, or Preface to the Banquet of Plato, and A Defence of Poetry.

30 review for A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays

  1. 4 out of 5

    Yeda Salomão

    Alguns comentários sobre a morte e a poesia foram muito interessantes. Os questionamentos sobre a onipotência de Deus e as críticas a religião foram ótimos e precisos(*sua opinião sobre o ateísmo causou sua expulsão de Oxford*).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

    *For College* 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."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

    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 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 occurred to me. Lastly, the idea that caused me most confusion was when he expressed his opinion on which poetry is the center and boundaries of knowledge. As much as I appreciate (love, even) poetry, I cannot see it like that. I agree poetry is a unique way to look to the world, a fresh, beautiful, individual perspective; but I don't see it as the basis of knowledge. Imagination, however, is something very different. To sum up, I really enjoyed this reflection, but I think Shelley may have gotten a little carried away (passions tend to have that effect on people). However, I must say I admire him very much, for this essay shows just how dedicated and passioned he was about poetry. I'll be reading more from him for now on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    "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?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Lira

    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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    H

    fading coal, spirit of the age... "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."

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