Percy Bysshe Shelley


1792 - 1822

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the leading English romantic poets of the early 19th century. His circle included other poets such as Lord Byron, his father in law the radical political theorist William Godwin, and his wife Mary Shelley the author of the novel Frankenstein. He was a radical liberal in his political and social views and a sceptic concerning religion. Many of his works were not published in his lifetime because of their radical content. A theme in his work was the nature of liberty and the behavior of tyrants who thwarted the individual’s natural desire to be free. This comes out in many of his poems like “Ozymandias” (1818) and essays such as “A Philosophical View of Reform” (1820).