Embodying Revolution: The Figure of the Poet in Shelley

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Clarendon Press, 1989 - 300 pages
A strange figure recurs throughout Shelley's work, a solitary young poet hounded by passion or madness to the grave. This study reveals the figure to be an allegory of a violent revolutionary age. Seen in the context of a largely forgotten ideal that connected introspection with radical politics, Clark demonstrates that Shelley's self-analyses and metaphysical speculations are related to a notion of the poet as an explorer in previously unchartered regions of the human mind. He shows that ultimately, the curiously weak Shelleyan poet is really an ambivalent fictional embodiment of the social forces tearing Europe apart in the Romantic age.

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Contents

SelfAnalysis and Sensibility
13
The Literary Context of Sensibility
61
Alastor 1815
95
Copyright

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Timothy Clark, Lecturer in English, University of New England, New South Wales.

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