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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

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Born in Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex, Shelley was educated at Syon House Academy and Eton, where he acquired the sobriquet "Mad Shelley" for his independent spirit. While at Eton he published Zastrozzi (1810), a Gothic novel. Expelled from Oxford because he refused to retract his atheistic toon meer beliefs, Shelley quarreled with his wealthy father and was banished from home. Shelley married impulsively and then abandoned his young wife to run off to Italy with the 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (the daughter of the radical feminist and the anarchist philosopher, who was eventually to write Frankenstein). While in Italy, Shelley became close friends with Byron, and the two became objects of endless, notorious rumor. Shelley's personal character was revered by almost everyone who knew him. Extremely generous toward others, frugal with himself, he strove tirelessly for the betterment of humanity. Prometheus Unbound (1820), a lyrical drama in four acts, calls for the regeneration of society through love and for the destruction of all repressive institutions. The Cenci (1819), a verse drama based on real events, is one of the few plays from the romantic period still produced. Shelley's lyrics are marvelously varied and rich in sound and rhythm. Wordsworth regarded him as the best artist among living poets.Adonais (1821), written to honor the memory of John Keats, is one of the supreme elegies in English.The Triumph of Life, which was left incomplete at his death, has been hailed by T. S. Eliot as the nearest approach in English to Dante (see Vol. 2). The "Ode to the West Wind" and "To a Skylark" are anthologized everywhere. Shelley's early death by drowning ended his career just as it was coming into full flower. A revolutionary in his art and life, Shelley is considered by many to be an inspired polemicist and poetic genius. As one of his contemporaries wrote in Etonian (1821), "He is one of the many whom we cannot read without wonder, or without pain. . . ." (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder
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Collected Poems (2008) 58 exemplaren
Shelley: A Defense Of Poetry (1904) 57 exemplaren
Adonais (1902) 41 exemplaren
Shelley (1962) 34 exemplaren
The Works of P. B. Shelley (1951) 31 exemplaren
Poesie (1925) 31 exemplaren
The Poems of P.B. Shelley (1971) 30 exemplaren
Shelley on Love: An Anthology (1980) 24 exemplaren
The Poetry of Percy Shelley (2018) 23 exemplaren
Shelley: Poetical Works (1970) 22 exemplaren
St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian (1810) 22 exemplaren
Poems and Lyrics (1934) 18 exemplaren
The sensitive plant (1898) 18 exemplaren
Queen Mab (1990) 17 exemplaren
The Mask of Anarchy (1973) 17 exemplaren
Shelley: Poems 16 exemplaren
Ode to the West Wind (1992) 15 exemplaren
No despertéis a la serpiente (1997) 14 exemplaren
The Odes of Keats and Shelley (1937) 13 exemplaren
Essays and Letters (1887) 12 exemplaren
Selected Poems (Classics S) (1954) 12 exemplaren
Adonais y otros poemas breves (1978) 10 exemplaren
The Revolt Of Islam (1818) 9 exemplaren
Epipsychidion (1821) 9 exemplaren
Rosalind And Helen (1975) 9 exemplaren
S.T. Irvine O El Rosacruz (2002) 8 exemplaren
The Witch of Atlas (2008) 8 exemplaren
Love's Philosophy (First Poems) (1992) 8 exemplaren
Poems (Endymion series) (1979) 8 exemplaren
Hellas - A Lyrical Drama (1975) 7 exemplaren
The Daemon of the World (2009) 6 exemplaren
Fantasmagoriana {Byron, et al.} (1998) — Medewerker — 6 exemplaren
Opere (1995) 6 exemplaren
Defesa da poesia (2001) 5 exemplaren
Peter Bell the Third (2004) 5 exemplaren
LYRICS AND SHORTER POEMS (1907) 5 exemplaren
Poems from Shelley and Keats (1900) 4 exemplaren
Poemas de convivencia (2019) 4 exemplaren
Great Poets : Shelley (2008) 4 exemplaren
Shelley in Italy; (2021) 4 exemplaren
Prometeo slegato (1997) 4 exemplaren
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1998) 4 exemplaren
Mont Blanc (1996) 4 exemplaren
An Address to the Irish People (1890) 4 exemplaren
Poetry and Prose 3 exemplaren
Dichtungen (2018) — Auteur — 3 exemplaren
Selected prose works of Shelley (1915) 3 exemplaren
Poemetti e liriche 3 exemplaren
Der entfesselte Prometheus (1820) — Auteur — 3 exemplaren
La difesa della poesia (2008) 3 exemplaren
La necessità dell'ateismo (2012) 3 exemplaren
Poetry of Shelley (1996) 3 exemplaren
A philosophical view of reform (2007) 3 exemplaren
Selected Poems (Classics) (1954) 3 exemplaren
Shelley and His Circle, 1773-1822, Volumes 1 and 2 (1961) — Auteur — 3 exemplaren
Come un fruscio d'ali 3 exemplaren
De l'amour (1991) 2 exemplaren
Selected Poems (Classics S) (1954) 2 exemplaren
Relics Of Shelley 2 exemplaren
The Shelley Papers 2 exemplaren
Liriche e frammenti 2 exemplaren
Love Poems Of Shelley 2 exemplaren
El triunfo de la vida (2022) 2 exemplaren
Gems from Shelley 2 exemplaren
Shelley's Works 2 exemplaren
The Triumph of Life (2015) 2 exemplaren
Poems 2 exemplaren
Poems of Keats & Shelley (1820) 2 exemplaren
Poems by Shelley 2 exemplaren
A Selection By Isabel Quigly (1956) 2 exemplaren
To a Skylark [poem] 2 exemplaren
Opere poetiche (2018) 2 exemplaren
Poems 2 exemplaren
The poetical works 2 exemplaren
Ensayos Escogidos (2013) 2 exemplaren
Poesia 2 exemplaren
Selected Lyrics 2 exemplaren
The Reader's Shelley (1942) 2 exemplaren
Shelley versei (1992) 2 exemplaren
Luuletusi 2 exemplaren
Poèmes (1970) 2 exemplaren
Two essays on vegetarianism (1975) 2 exemplaren
Poems from Shelley 2 exemplaren
Saggio sul diavolo (2013) 2 exemplaren
England in 1819 2 exemplaren
Lyrika 2 exemplaren
Shelley's Critical Prose (1967) 2 exemplaren
Selections from Poems (2003) 1 exemplaar
Shelley's Letters 1 exemplaar
Poems of Shelley 1 exemplaar
Poetical Works (1910) 1 exemplaar
Keats and Shelley 1 exemplaar
Shelley and Keats (1925) 1 exemplaar
Shelleyn runoja 1 exemplaar
The Select Works 1 exemplaar
Selected works 1 exemplaar
Prose Works (2017) 1 exemplaar
Shelley's Poems 1 exemplaar
Shelley's Adonais 1 exemplaar
Shelly 1 exemplaar
Triunfo da Vida, O (2001) 1 exemplaar
Upper school poems 1 exemplaar
Shelley. Liriche. 1 exemplaar
Shelley The Cameo Poets (1910) 1 exemplaar
Beatrice Cenci 1 exemplaar
Poems 1 exemplaar
The Poems of Shelley (1961) 1 exemplaar
Poems of 1 exemplaar
The Wandering Jew: A Poem (1975) 1 exemplaar
Den følende Blomst 1 exemplaar
Shelley and His Circle (Volumes Three and Four) (1970) — Auteur — 1 exemplaar
Shelley and His Circle, 1773-1822, Volumes 5 and 6 (1973) — Auteur — 1 exemplaar
Shelley and His Circle, 1773-1822, Volumes 7 and 8 (1986) — Auteur — 1 exemplaar
Shelley and His Circle, 1773-1822, Volumes 9 and 10 (2002) — Auteur — 1 exemplaar
Poems of Shelley 1 exemplaar
In difesa della poesia (2019) 1 exemplaar
Selected Poems (unabridged) (1993) 1 exemplaar
POESIE 1991 (1900) 1 exemplaar
Shelley - A Selection (2009) 1 exemplaar
Oeuvres choisies 1 exemplaar
Early Poems (1888) 1 exemplaar
Poesie e lettere scelte (1996) 1 exemplaar
Œuvres choisies 1 exemplaar
Shelley Day by Day; (2016) 1 exemplaar
La sensitiva (Italian Edition) (2019) 1 exemplaar
Άδωνις 1 exemplaar
Poemi e canti 1 exemplaar
Valik lüürikat (1998) 1 exemplaar
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Everyman's library 1 exemplaar
Lyrical poems 1 exemplaar
Flowers of Fancy (1891) 1 exemplaar
The Assassins (2011) 1 exemplaar
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Poezje wybrane 1 exemplaar
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Gangbare naam
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Officiële naam
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Rome, Italië
Verenigd Koninkrijk
Land (voor op de kaart)
England, UK
Horsham, Sussex, England, UK
Plaats van overlijden
Lerici, Sardinia, Italy
Oorzaak van overlijden
Field Place, Sussex, England, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Casa Magni, Bay of Spezia, Italy
Villa Diodati, Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Sion House School, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK
Eton College
Oxford University (University College)
Shelley, Mary (echtgenote)
Wurdemann, Audrey (achter-achterkleinkind)
Hunt, Leigh (vriend)
Wollstonecraft, Mary (schoonmoeder)
Godwin, William (schoonvader)
Korte biografie
Percy Bysshe Shelley was born near Horsham, Sussex, England to an aristocratic family. The eldest of six siblings, he was the heir to his grandfather’s considerable estates and his father's seat in Parliament. He attended Syon House Academy and Eton College (where he was miserable) before a brief spell at Oxford University. His first publication was Zastrozzi (1810), a Gothic novel. With his sister Elizabeth, he published Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire. A pamphlet that he wrote and circulated on "The Necessity of Atheism" resulted in his expulsion from Oxford. At age 19, he eloped to Scotland with 16-year-old Harriet Westbrook. Estranged from his father, he went to live in the Lake District of England and in Ireland. Two years later he published his first long serious work, Queen Mab: A Philosophical Poem. His friendship with the philosopher William Godwin in London led to meeting and falling in love with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, his daughter. In 1814, Shelley and Mary eloped to Europe, but they returned after six weeks for lack of funds. They married in 1816 after Harriet Shelley was found drowned, an apparent suicide. Early in 1818, he and Mary left England forever. During the remaining four years of his life, he produced all his major works, including Prometheus Unbound (1820). Today he is considered one of the finest lyric poets in the English language. The Shelleys traveled and lived in various Italian cities and were part of a circle of Romantic poets and writers including Lord Byron and Leigh Hunt. In 1822, less than a month before his 30th birthday, Shelley was drowned in a storm while trying to sail his schooner from Livorno (Leghorn) to La Spezia, Italy. He was cremated and his ashes buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.



First: The edition is a little rough; paging is broken up by what appears to the the original print pagination; there are also a few minor typographical errors, but nothing (that seems) to change the intended meaning.

On arguments are nothing new to a modern reader on religion and atheism, but it is worthwhile to read to see a historical snapshot in the evolution of such ideas.
dcunning11235 | 3 andere besprekingen | Aug 12, 2023 |
Percy Bysshe Shelley nacque il 4 agosto del 1792. Un vero e proprio rivoluzionario avanti lettera. Suo padre era un ricco esponente dell'aristocrazia e membro del Parlamento. Aveva messo da parte per suo figlio una grossa fortuna, ma lui non ne volle sapere di studiare e si fece espellere dall'università di Oxford per avere scritto un libello che fece scalpore intitolato "Necessità dell'ateismo".

Gli venne offerta la possibilità di ritrarre quello che aveva scritto ma egli rifiuto' e a soli 19 anni se ne scappo' con una ragazza di 16 anni, figlia di un semplice oste. Fu diseredato e da quel punto ebbe iniziò la sua vita avventurosa che, come i romantici dell'epoca, fu tutto un romanzo.

Non sembri strano l'accostamento che sto per fare per l'occasione di questo anniversario, ma questa poesia di Shelley mi offre la possibilità di parlare di un aspetto caratteristico della Rete e quindi dei siti sociali: la loro mutabilità. Come quella che, appunto, il giovane poeta Shelley intravede nelle "nuvole".

Esse appaiono nel cielo scintillanti di giorno per poi scomparire nella notte. Il tutto avviene improvvisamente, alla stessa maniera in cui appare e scompare la vita umana. Esse sono simili ai suoni, alle melodie di uno strumento, la lira, che emette toni diversi per diverse esperienze.

Le nuvole scorrono sullo schermo del cielo, sia che noi siamo svegli o addormentati. Pensieri vaganti e volubili ci accompagnano e interferiscono nella nostra mente, spesso alterando anche la nostra felicità. Esse, nell'apparire e scomparire, ci somigliano, siamo come loro. Mutevoli e sfuggenti.

Non pensate, allora, che le nuvole siano come i "post" che appaiono in Rete, che scorrono incessantemente sullo stream di G+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest e i tanti altri percorsi comunicativi che troviamo in Rete? Proprio come le "nuvole". Ecco la poesia:

We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,

Streaking the darkness radiantly! —yet soon
Night closes round, and they are lost forever:

Or like forgotten lyres, whose dissonant strings
Give various response to each varying blast,
To whose frail frame no second motion brings
One mood or modulation like the last.

We rest.—A dream has power to poison sleep;
We rise.—One wandering thought pollutes the day;
We feel, conceive or reason, laugh or weep;
Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away:

It is the same!—For, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of its departure still is free:
Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.



Noi siamo come nuvole che velano la luna a mezzanotte;
Così irrequiete sfrecciano, sfavillano, fremono,
striando l'oscurità radiosamente! - eppure, subito
la notte si richiude intorno e le cancella:

o come dimenticate lire, le cui corde dissonanti
danno, a ogni diverso soffio del vento, una risposta nuova,
alla cui fragile struttura nessuna vibrazione nuova apporta
un tono o una modulazione simile all'ultimo.

Noi riposiamo, e un sogno ha la forza di avvelenarci il sonno.
Ci alziamo, e un pensiero errante può inquinare il giorno.
Sentiamo, concepiamo o ragioniamo, ridiamo o piangiamo,
ci disperiamo, o gettiamo via ogni affanno:

è tutto uguale! Sia una gioia che un dolore,
il percorso da compiere dal suo abbandono non si è ancora concluso:
l'ieri dell'uomo non può mai essere simile al domani;
niente nel mondo può durare, eccetto la Mutabilità.

Alla tipica maniera romantica, il poeta Shelley subito colloca l'uomo nella sua giusta dimensione: "Siamo nuvole" egli dice. E poi subito aggiunge qualcosa alla caratteristica di essere umani quando paragona gli uomini a cose inventate, usando la similitudine delle "lire dimenticate".

Lo scopo è quello di mettere in evidenza l'eterna condizione umana soggetta al mutamento, al cambiamento. Una condizione sia naturale, come le nuvole che ora sono qui, ora altrove, ora in una forma, in un momento in un'altra, pronte anche a sparire per sempre. E poi, quella lira, dai toni mutevoli, soggetta a stimoli diversi.

Tutto è cambiamento. Proprio come i post, i messaggi, le comunicazioni che scorrono sullo schermo del pc, del cell e di tutti gli altri gadget dedicati alla comunicazione. Tutto scorre, tutto cambia, tutto si trasforma, si confonde, si disperde in una "nuvola" che fa "memoria", si gonfia sempre di più, inconstante, incontrollata e incontrollabile.

Nell'universo romantico di Shelley le nuvole assumono la dimensione dei pensieri e delle emozioni che appaiono e scompaiono nella mente degli uomini. Nell'universo digitale della Rete, i post, i messaggi, le comunicazioni, fatti di invisibili "bits & bytes", proprio come le nuvole, restano pensieri ed emozioni nella grande "bolla" di Google.

Essa tutto inghiotte e tutto restituisce, vera e propria "world wide mind", una Rete che diventa Mente. Sempre eguale a se stessa, ma sempre diversa, perché continuamente alimentata, trasformata, modificata dagli uomini. Proprio come la mente umana. Condannata alla "mutabilità".
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I think this is now my favorite poem/book. I don't think it's the greatest in English, but definitely my favorite.
judeprufrock | Jul 4, 2023 |



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