P B Shelley Biography

P B Shelley Biography

Percy Byssche Shelley is one of the greatest names that come to mind whenever we think of English poets. A true Romanticist, he incorporated Greek mythological themes and figures into his poetry. P B Shelley is also known for his radical and revolutionary style of writing.

Born: August 4, 1792, Horsham, United Kingdom
Died: July 8, 1822, Lerici, Italy
Full name: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Spouse: Mary Shelley (m. 1816–1822), Harriet Westbrook (m. 1811–1816)
Plays: Prometheus Unbound, The Cenci, Proserpine

Biography :

  • Shelley was born into an affluent family. He studied at some of the best colleges of that time, namely Eton College, Oxford University. However, he remained an average student throughout his college days.
  • While studying at Oxford, Shelley published his first novel “Zastrozzi” that was based on his views on atheism.
  • The college authorities were not at all pleased with Shelley’s ideologies. This reached its zenith point when Shelley along with Thomas Jefferson Hogg, published “The necessity of Atheism”. Needless to say, P B Shelley was expelled from the college.

Career :

  • In Ireland Shelley was actively involved in participating in national rallies and distributing pamphlets. At this time, Shelley wrote “Address to the Irish People”. His activities were opposed by the British government.
  • While on a trip to the river Rhine with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, P B Shelley composed his “History of Six Weeks’ Tour”.
  • P B Shelley had a strong friendship with Lord Byron and as a true friend Byron inspired him to write many a work including his first drama, “Prometheus Unbound”.
  • It was in the company of the great Lord Byron, that Shelley wrote “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty”. This poem made Shelley popular as a poet.
  • While touring the Alps, Shelley wrote another poem “Mount Blanc” in which he expressed that there is a close relationship between man and nature.
  • P B Shelley took an active part in literary circles. In one of these circles, he met John Keats whose influence turned out the work Laon and Cythna or “The Revolution of the Golden City”. As the book was based on atheism, it was renamed as “The Revolt of Islam” and then circulated in the market.
  • At the same time, Shelley published yet another revolutionary political work “The Hermit of Marlow”.
  • Shelley is most popular for his two poems, “The Masque of Anarchy” and “Men of England”.
  • As an essayist, Shelley made his mark with his essay “The Philosophical View of Reform”.

Achievements:

  • Shelley has remained an inspiration to many like Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats and even Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji was inspired by Shelley’s idea of non-violence and incorporated it in the national struggle for independence.

Quotes

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music, when soft voices die Vibrates in the memory.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine tonight.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The soul's joy lies in doing.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

First our pleasures die - and then our hopes, and then our fears - and when these are dead, the debt is due dust claims dust - and we die too.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is no real wealth but the labor of man.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

All of us who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.
Percy Bysshe Shelley


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