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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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‘That such a man should be such a poet!’

‘That such a man should be such a poet!’

‘To Wordsworth’, ‘Verses Written on Receiving a Celandine in a Letter from England’, and Julian and Maddalo

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(p.111) Chapter Four ‘That such a man should be such a poet!’
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Shelley's Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays
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Madeleine Callaghan

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940247.003.0004

‘To Wordsworth’, ‘Verses Written on Receiving a Celandine in a Letter from England’, and Julian and Maddalo show Shelley responding to other poets as he shapes his discrete poetic voice. Wordsworth, who had been Shelley’s leader found, was becoming, in Shelley’s eyes, a leader lost. This chapter explores the complicated and nuanced poetry of relationship that Shelley makes out of his political disappointment in his older peer. Like Shelley’s open address to Wordsworth, Julian and Maddalo seems to speak to the relationship between Shelley and Byron. The poem seems to stage a Shelley-Byron conversation where Shelley places their ideological clash at the forefront of his dialogic poem. Yet even as Shelley seems to provide the reader with symbolic footholds, the poem resists such identifications. If Shelley, in these poems, is a poet among others, he remains carefully apart by virtue of his nuanced and mobile response to his peers.

Keywords:   Julian Maddalo Wordsworth Byron sonnet celandine Peacock Milton Poetics

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