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Shelley and the English Tradition

Michael O'Neill and Paige Tovey

in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199558360.013.0032

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Shelley and the English Tradition

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This chapter discusses the influence of Edmund Spenser and Alexander Pope on Shelley' poetic development. Both Spenser and Pope helped Shelley fashion a sophisticated vision of art and experience. Spenser appeals to Shelley partly because of his ‘power to project both the object of desire and the shape of nightmare with equal imaginative freedom’. Pope, for his part, sharpens Shelley's satirical and critical insights and strategies.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; English poets; Romantic poets; Edmund Spenser; Alexander Pope

Article.  9360 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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