Shelley and the Near East

Charles Issawi

in Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780195118131
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854554 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

Shelley and the Near East

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The chapter discusses how Shelley, a marvelous lyric poet, writer of famous poems like “Prometheus” and “Ode to the West Wind” looked at foreign culture. He was also a knowledgeable scientist and an accomplished linguist. He was passionately interested in politics, and he was a voracious and insatiable reader. Being very well read in philosophy, history, and politics, his interest in the Near East arose from his passionate Philhellenism. He became an ardent champion of Greek independence. His love and admiration for the ancient Greeks was one of his strongest passions and like many passionate Hellenists, he took a dim view of modern Greeks. He was an opponent of Ottoman rule but his interest extended beyond that and he made many acute observations on India, Persia, Egypt, Syria, Arabia, and proto-Zionism.

Keywords: Shelley; lyric poet; foreign culture; Philhellenism; Ottoman; Greece

Chapter.  3025 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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