The Magnetic Lady To Her Patient By Percy Bysshe Shelley

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“Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.” Percy Shelley said this in A Defence of Poetry, and I believe it perfectly sums up his style of writing. Percy Bysshe Shelley is one of the most noted writers from this time period. His works exemplify the ideas of Romanticism perfectly. Although, many of his fellow contemporaries shared many of the same ideas and wrote in similar ways, Shelley included more symbols in many of his literary work and struggled with a deep sense of skepticism. Shelley was the son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley and was born on the fourth of August in 1792. Consequently, this was the same year as the Terror in France. Shelley ended up dying…show more content…
All of these events inspired many of his works as a whole. There are quite a few examples of this through out all of his works. One of the most primitive examples of this is “The Magnetic Lady to her Patient” poem by Shelley. This is an ode dedicated to Mary. Shelley writes “O Mary dear, that you were here With your brown eyes bright and clear. And your sweet voice, like a bird Singing love to its lone mate In the ivy bower disconsolate; Voice the sweetest ever heard! And your brow more... Than the... sky of this azure Italy.” In this poem, Shelley is able to show the reader how much his relationship with Mary means to him. Not only that, but the readers are able to get a clear vision of what Mary actually looked like. Shelley uses very descriptive imagery and clear vocabulary to capture an image of his beloved. He often writes about real life people, places, and things, but makes it seem like he talking about something much more surreal than a normal concept. The searing loss of his daughter and the estrangement of his relationship with Harriet also affected his pieces of literature.…show more content…
The poem “England in 1819” is set up much like a Shakespearian sonnet, with fourteen rhyming lines. For example, it says “An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying King; Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow Through public scorn,-mud from a muddy spring.” This was pretty common when Shakespeare was popular, but Shelley plays with this form in innovative ways. Shelley uses the sonnet which is one of the most compact forms in English poetry, to convey wrongs that apply to the whole nation. Britain had put very strict censorship, suspended the right to trial, and even accused moderate critics of treason. There were a lot of historical events going on during the time of Shelley, and he tried to fill all of this information into the first twelve lines of the poem, while ending on a more redemptive note. Not only did he follow a pattern that Shakespeare placed into the world of literature, but he modeled a style called terza rima that was invented by Dante. This is a rhyme scheme that is very difficult to sustain in the English language and it follows the pattern “aba bcb cde ded, etc.” Yet again, Shelley modifies this method of writing so that it is his own instead of copying the same style as Dante. Shelley’s version organizes his stanzas into five groups that each contain fourteen lines, thus they become sonnets. “Ode to the West Wind” is one of the most important pieces that

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