• 1792;
  • Oxford University;
  • Harriet Westbrook;
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin;
  • 1822.

Main works

  • 1818: The Revolt of Islam;
  • 1819: Ode to the West Wind;
  • 1819: The Cenci;
  • 1820: Prometheus Unbound;
  • 1821: A Defence of Poetry.


  • the expression of imagination;
  • understood as revolutionary creativity, seriously meant to change the reality of an increasingly material world.

Shelley’s nature

  • it is not the real world;
  • it is a beautiful veil that hides the eternal truth of the Divine Spirit;
  • it provides the poet with beautiful images, such as the wind;
  • the favourite refuge from the disappointment and injustice of the ordinary world;
  • the interlocutor of the poet’s melancholy dreams and of his hopes for a better future.

Poet’s task

The poet is:

  • a prophet;
  • a Titan challenging the cosmos;
  • his task is to help mankind to reach an ideal world.

Ode to the West Wind

The wild autumn wind a living symbol of the spiritual forces able:

  • to regenerate the fading or decadent life of nations;
  • to help heroic spirits;
  • to scatter their burning words among mankind.


Performer Heritage, From the Origins to the Romantic Age.


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