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Shelley's Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays$
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Madeleine Callaghan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940247

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940247.001.0001

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date: 18 November 2018

‘All that is majestic’

‘All that is majestic’

The Scrope Davies Notebook

Chapter:
(p.77) Chapter Three ‘All that is majestic’
Source:
Shelley's Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays
Author(s):

Madeleine Callaghan

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940247.003.0003

The challenge of transmuting words into experience, the excessiveness of which experience seems to prevent any straightforward description, becomes the animating force of Shelley’s letter to Thomas Love Peacock of 22 July 1816 and the poetry written in the summer of 1816. This chapter emphasises the seriousness of the poetic philosophy explored in every poem contained in the Scrope Davies Notebook, from ‘Hymn to Intellectual Beauty’ and Mont Blanc to the lesser-known sonnets. The lyric self, biographical experience, and the impersonal observance of genre, make the Scrope Davies Notebook both intensely personal and coolly detached from the self. Shelley seeks to find words adequate to experience in both his letter to Thomas Love Peacock and the poems of the Scrope Davies Notebook.

Keywords:   Hymn Mont Blanc Laughter Sonnet Scrope Byron Nature

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