Embodying Revolution: The Figure of the Poet in Shelley
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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SelfAnalysis and Sensibility
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Romance and Revolution: Shelley and the Politics of a Genre
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