Category Archives: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Protest, Poetry & Song

As Bob Dylan has finally accepted his Nobel Prize, (though not yet given his Nobel performance) I was reminded of the essay In Defence of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley, in which he claimed that: “poets are the unacknowledged legislators … Continue reading

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200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Part 3

200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Notes on July and August 1816 in Cologny, on the shores of Lake Geneva. 3. The light and the dark. In August the group on lake Geneva were visited by ‘The … Continue reading

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Sorry, Mary Shelley, I missed your birthday! Belated remembrances for August 30th!

On that day, Tuesday, in 1814, Mary, Shelley and Claire were travelling back to England through Germany, after their elopement, on a boat on the Rhine. Mary turned seventeen. The river was “violent”and “swollen with high waves” Shelley wrote in … Continue reading


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