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Percy Shelley Presentation

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Mutability by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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 for ever:

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 Mutablilty. Percy Shelly is born in Sussex, England. Shelley attends Eton College. Here he is isolated from his peers and teased for his unique interests. After finishing at Eton, Shelley attends Oxford University. August 4th, 1792 1804 1810 PERCY SHELLEY 1811 While attending Oxford, Shelley publishes a pamphlet entitled the Necessity of Atheism. in which he addresses the radical idea that people have no reason to believe in God. Soon after, he is expelled from Oxford for his work. Shelley elopes with 16 year old Harriet Westbrook, a girl of lower class and education. In the 19th century, marrying into a lesser social class was frowned upon, and his elopement destroyed his relationship with his father. Tired of his relatively unintelligent wife, Shelley elopes once again to Mary Godwin, daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. They are married after Harriet commits suicide. His new wife eventually writes Frankenstein. 1811 1816 Mary and Percy travel to Switzerland to live with Lord Byron, creator of the Byronic hero. Here Percy is influenced by natural occurrences and his conversations with Byron, ultimately leading to the publication of multiple poems, including Mont Blanc and a Hymn to Intellectual Beauty. 1816 After his return from Switzerland, Percy was faced with the burden of two suicides, one of Mary’s sister Fanny and the other of Percy’s first wife, Harriet. Fanny had fallen deeply in love with the poet, and, when Shelley decided to marry Mary, Fanny was heartbroken and killed herself. Harriet, on the other hand, was heartbroken after thinking that her new lover had left her, and was found drowned in the Serpentine River of London. After living with his wife, Mary, and his children in Italy for multiple years, Shelley dies on July 8, 1822, having drowned while sailing from Leghorn to Lerici. Multiple theories have formed regarding his death, but nobody knows the definite cause for his passing at age 30. Citation

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. "Ozymandias - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley." Famous Poets and Poems - Read and Enjoy Poetry. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/percy_bysshe_shelley/poems/12273>.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. "Mutability - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley." Famous Poets and Poems - Read and Enjoy Poetry. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/percy_bysshe_shelley/poems/12279>.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. "English In 1819 - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley." Famous Poets and Poems - Read and Enjoy Poetry. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/percy_bysshe_shelley/poems/12292>.

ron. "Percy Bysshe Shelley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Bysshe_Shelley>.

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McLane, Maureen N.. "Percy Bysshe Shelley- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/179>.

"Mary Shelley photo." Trenoweth. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <alextrenoweth.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/mary-shelley1.jpg>. 1822 Percy is most well known for the poems Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, Music, When Soft Voices Die, The Cloud and The Masque of Anarchy, although, after his death, most of his work was unpublished or unknown. Legacy Percy Shelly became most famous a generation after his death.
His reputation was limited due to his political radicalism, which was not popular after his death. Due to this restriction, people were confined to his more moderate works such as Ozymandias and Lines to an Indian Air. Romanticism Shelley's writing deals with dualism and hierarchy within perception, politics, and philosophy. Many of his works also explore class and dominion. One of his most famous plays, Prometheus Unbound, deals with the concepts of contradiction and anxiety. Another way he explores Romanticism is by depicting the beauty among nature and connecting the reader with the natural world. dualism: the division of two ideas which contrast each other Caroline Cohen, Jessie Powers and Sammy Marcus
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