Quest Poetry

Mark Sandy

in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Quest Poetry

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This chapter examines Shelley's poetics of desire at the heart of his re-imagining of romance, focusing on two works: Epipsychidion and Alastor. Both explore the quest of the human mind and heart for a mysterious power manifest in the physical world, the inherent dangers of pursuing such ideals, and the inadequacies of poetic language. Inextricably bound to Shelley's poetics of desire is an internalization of the romance quest that opens up this literary form into an endless series of creative possibilities which are difficult to define as the nature of love.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; English poets; Romantic poets; poems; poetics; desire

Article.  8140 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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