Shelley was a major poet of the English Romantic period.
Background[ edit ] The essay was written in response to his friend Thomas Love Peacock 's article " The Four Percy bysshe shelley essays of Poetry ", which had been published in I am enchanted with your Literary Miscellany, although the last article has excited my polemical faculties so violently that the moment I get rid of my ophthalmia, I mean to set about an answer to it It is very clever, but I think, very false.
To Peacock, Shelley wrote: Your anathemas against poetry itself excited me to a sacred rage. I had the greatest possible desire to break a lance with you Editorial introductions[ edit ] Shelley sought to show that poets make morality and establish the legal norms in a civil society thus creating the groundwork for the other branches in a community.
Hutchins and Mortimer J. Poets introduce and maintain morality. The mores so created are codified into laws. The social function or utility of poets is that they create and maintain the norms and mores of a society. Shelley was mainly concerned to explain the moral and thus the social function of poetry.
In doing so, he produced one of the most penetrating general discussions on poetry that we have. InWilliam Stigant, a poet, essayist, and translator, wrote in his essay "Sir Philip Sidney"  that Shelley's "beautifully written Defence of Poetry" is a work which "analyses the very inner essence of poetry and the reason of its existence, — its development from, and operation on, the mind of man".
Shelley writes in Defence that while "ethical science arranges the elements which poetry has created," and leads to a moral civil life, poetry acts in a way that "awakens and enlarges the mind itself by rendering it the receptacle of a thousand unapprehended combinations of thought".
In A Defence of Poetry, Shelley argued that the invention of language reveals a human impulse to reproduce the rhythmic and ordered, so that harmony and unity are delighted in wherever they are found and incorporated, instinctively, into creative activities: Those who possess this faculty "in excess are poets" and their task is to communicate the "pleasure" of their experiences to the community.
Shelley does not claim language is poetry on the grounds that language is the medium of poetry; rather he recognises in the creation of language an adherence to the poetic precepts of order, harmony, unity, and a desire to express delight in the beautiful.
Aesthetic admiration of "the true and the beautiful" is provided with an important social aspect which extends beyond communication and precipitates self-awareness. Poetry and the various modes of art it incorporates are directly involved with the social activities of life.
Shelley nominated unlikely figures such as Plato and Jesus in their excellent use of language to conceive the inconceivable. Shelley's conclusive remark that "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world" suggests his awareness of "the profound ambiguity inherent in linguistic means, which he considers at once as an instrument of intellectual freedom and a vehicle for political and social subjugation".
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Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August – 8 July ) was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded as among the finest lyric poets in the English language.
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Percy Bysshe Shelley (Also wrote under pseudonyms of Victor and The Hermit of Marlow.) English poet, essayist, playwrite, translator, and novelist. Note: Citations are based on reference standards. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study.
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Percy Bysshe Shelley () was a sad genius who tried to live a happy life. Fascinated with history, language and philosophy, wildly happy in the company of children, he became a serious student of religion as he sought to better our condition in this world.