Shelley and the Italian Tradition

Alan Weinberg

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 Italian Tradition

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This chapter discusses the influence of the Italian tradition on Shelley' development as a writer and thinker. Between 1808 and 1822, Shelley encountered, read, studied, conceptualized, and assimilated the work of individual practitioners who, in his estimation, best represented or reflected Italian literary culture. As a result of his self-exile in Italy starting in 1818, he was able to construct a working model of what Italian authors and artists meant to him and the world, and how they related to each other. The analysis includes works such as A Defence of Poetry, Commedia, The Triumph of Life, and Paradiso.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; English poets; Romantic poets; Italian literature; Italian poetry

Article.  8139 words. 

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

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