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Shelley's Living Artistry: Letters, Poems, Plays

Madeleine Callaghan


This study of the poetry and drama of Percy Bysshe Shelley reads the letters and their biographical contexts to shed light on the poetry, tracing the ambiguous and shifting relationship between the poet’s art and life. For Shelley, both life and art are transfigured by their relationship with one another, where the ‘poet participates in the eternal, the infinite, and the one’, but is equally bound up with and formed by the society in which he lives and the past that he inherits. Callaghan shows that the distinctiveness of Shelley’s work comes to rest on its wrong-footing of any neat division o ... More

Keywords: Romanticism poetry letters Shelley plays biography poetics life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940247
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madeleine Callaghan, author
University of Sheffield