Percy Bysshe Shelley And His Contribution To The Romantic Period

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Pamela Garcia Ms. Peckins English 10, Period 2 15 April 2014 Percy Bysshe Shelley And His Contributions To The Romantic Period Percy Bysshe Shelley had a strong, disapproving voice. The prominent English Romantic poet’s works were based on his beliefs. Born on August 4, 1792 to Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley was the eldest among five. Many see Shelley as an exceptional English poet. It is believed that “one of the branches of his family is a representative of the house of the illustrious Sir Philip Sidney of Penshurst” (London Metropolitan Conservative Journal 6). Percy Shelley delightfully accepted the fact that he had this connection with one of his relatives. Ever since his days of youth, Shelley showed a sign of interest in writing. Shelley wrote many well-known conspicuous works, such as The Necessity of Atheism. He created works that contradicted a majority of people. Shelley attended Syon House Academy; unprepared for the usual bullying, Shelley faced taunts and jeers at his school. At the age of twelve, he began to attend Eton College where his love for literature began to grow. Percy Bysshe Shelley was not “very orthodox at Oxford” (London Metropolitan Conservative Journal 6). Shelley’s works implied the fact that he denied the existence of God. His classmates gave him epithets such as “Shelley the atheist” and “Mad Shelley”. Shelley came to the conclusion that “there is no God” (London Metropolitan Conservative Journal 6). When Percy Bysshe Shelley claimed to be an atheist, he was expelled from Eton College. His father was offended with this and treated him harshly afterwards. This experience inspired Percy to write a pamphlet called The Necessity of Atheism. At the age of sixteen, he moved... ... middle of paper ... ...h Hunt, during this period he met John Keats. Shelley's major work during this time included Laon and Cythna. In this lengthy, sequential poem Percy attacked religion and included two incestuous lovers. It was quickly taken down after it was published. Percy Bysshe Shelley died on July 8, 1822. Shelley drowned in a sudden shipwreck that was sailing back from Livorno to Lerici. Many believe Shelley’s death was not accidental; some say he was depressed and wanted to die. Even after Shelley’s death he was still remembered for his presumptuous literary works. From the days of his youth, to his death Percy always had in interest in writing. Not only did he write major works, but he also expressed his contradictory opinions. Many hated his writing for this, but many also praised him for this. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s works represent many of the works in the Romantic era.

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