A visionary poem by P. B. Shelley, published 1816. ‘Alastor’ is a transliteration from the Greek, meaning the ‘evil spirit or demon of solitude’, who pursues the Poet to his death because he will not be satisfied by domestic affections and ‘human sympathy’. Composed in Miltonic blank verse, the poem reflects Shelley's early wanderings.
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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792—1822) poet