Shelley and the Bible

Ian Balfour

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

Shelley and the Bible

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This chapter attempts to characterize the types and texture of biblical elements of in Shelley's poetry and prose, suggesting that the most distinctively biblical posture Shelley at times adopts is that of the biblical prophet, variously visionary, even apocalyptic. He does this in far less resolute, less absolute fashion than Blake, but the prophetic strain is unmistakable. The analysis includes works such as ‘On Christianity’, The Mask of Anarchy, Peter Bell the Third, and ‘An Ode written October, 1819, before the Spaniards had recovered their Liberty’.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; English poets; Romantic poets; propos; Shelley's poetry; religion; prophet

Article.  8413 words. 

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

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