Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Mini History Blogs The Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley


On this day in 1822 and only a month before his 30th birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned when his boat overturned during a storm. He was returning from visiting his friends Lord Byron and James Leigh Hunt. Shelley was cremated and his ashes placed in a cemetery in Rome. Of Shelley's life it has been written:
"The life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplify Romanticism in both its extremes of joyous ecstasy and brooding despair. The major themes are there in Shelley’s dramatic if short life and in his works, enigmatic, inspiring, and lasting: the restlessness and brooding, the rebellion against authority, the interchange with nature, the power of the visionary imagination and of poetry, the pursuit of ideal love, and the untamed spirit ever in search of freedom—all of these Shelley exemplified in the way he lived his life and on in the substantial body of work that he left the world after his legendary death at age twenty-nine."


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  1. Dead at 29. That's very 'romantic poet' isn't it? Mind you, I'd love to have read the things he might have produced if he'd lived.

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    1. Both Shelley and his wife and Lord Bryon all produced some wonderful work, they were all deep thinkers and quite radical. I've often wondered if I like to have met them, then I think that they are way too intense for me.

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