Sunday, 5 April 2015

Percy Bysshe Shelley- The Mask of Anarchy

Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Mask of Anarchy
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)  English poet of nature and human liberty whose whole life was a cry for beauty and freedom. Born on 4 August 1792 in England.
Shelley is one of the epic poets of the 19th century, and is best known for his classic anthology verse works such as Ode to the West Wind and The Masque of Anarchy.
The life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplify Romanticism in both its extremes of joyous ecstasy and brooding despair.
In the fall of 1810, Shelly entered University College, Oxford. It seemed a better academic environment for him than Eton, but after a few months, a dean demanded that Shelley visit his office. Shelley and his friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg had co-authored a pamphlet titled The Necessity of Atheism. Its premise shocked and appalled the faculty (“…The mind cannot believe in the existence of a God.”), and the university demanded that both boys either acknowledge or deny authorship. Shelley did neither and was expelled. They called 'Mad Shelley” and “Shelley the atheist.'
Shelley’s parents were so exasperated by their son’s actions that they demanded he forsake his beliefs, including vegetarianism, political radicalism and sexual freedom. In August of 1811, Shelley eloped with Harriet Westbrook, a 16-year-old woman his parents had explicitly forbidden him to see. His love for her was centered on a hope that he could save her from committing suicide. They eloped, but Shelley was soon annoyed with her and became interested in a woman named Elizabeth Hitchener, a schoolteacher who inspired his first major poem, Queen Mab. The poem’s title character, a fairy originally invented by Shakespeare and described in Romeo and Juliet, describes what a utopian society on earth would be like.
In addition to long-form poetry, Shelley also began writing political pamphlets, which he distributed by way of hot air balloons, glass bottles and paper boats. In 1812 he met his hero, the radical political philosopher William Godwin, author of Political Justice.
He died in obloquy and neglect, and today is known as “the Poets’ Poet”.
(Photo; Monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley, by Onslow Ford. University College, Oxford.)
 Here's Shelley's one of my favourite poem 'The Mask of Anarchy', a call for freedom & nonviolent Resistance.
So, Enjoy!:))))))
The Mask of Anarchy

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