When one thinks of Romantic poetry, six specific names come to mind; William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. Specifically, these poets have majorly impacted individuals of the Romantic time period as well as present day and have been acknowledged as well deserved perceivers of romantic notion: “an individualistic, inspired seer revealing his inmost thoughts in a spontaneous upwelling of emotion.”(Appelbaum pg iii) Dealing with history from an emotional stance, the fight, struggle, and hope was recognized in these poets intriguing stanzas. Their views were set ...view middle of the document...
Poetry inspires and gives awareness. This power of communication highlights a concept and respect for man and nature, which was what the Enlightenment period was about. The emotion and sensibility in Shelley’s works show the individualism of the period and why he was recognized as an aspiring poet.
In the poem “Sonnet: England in 1819”, Shelley uniquely expresses his hatred for Romantic influence. He despises the upper class and represents it very well in the sonnet. He quotes “An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king,-/Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow/ Through public scorn…” (Shelly lines 1-5) In these lines, Shelley mocks the kings and princes for their lack of awareness and over arrogance of power. This significant arrogance is in turn the downfall of the empire. People are hungry and hopeless and the empire is draining whatever is left of the people. Liberty seems forsaken and religion and the senate are a hopeless effort; referring to “Golden and sanguine laws which tempt and slay” (Shelley line 10). In the poem “Song to the Men of England”, Shelley acts as a voice to the working class encouraging them to make a stand of their harsh treatment. He quoted “Those ungrateful drones who would/ Drain your sweat-nay, drink your blood?”(Shelley line 7-8) Referring to the nobleman, and being someone of the upper class, Shelley is encouraging the poor to open their eyes and stand up for their rights. In society, these lower class men have been exploited and underappreciated and Shelley is looking for a specific change. He quoted: “So seed-but let no tyrant reap;/Find wealth-let no imposter heap;/ Weave robes-let not the idle wear/Forge arms in your defence to bear.” (Shelley stanza VI) He wishes the workers to make something of themselves in a life they can bear because in all actuality, the working class have no advantages and the noblemen have all the power in the world and do nothing but wear their power. Lastly, in the poem “Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples” Shelley makes a deep connection between nature and personal experience. He quoted “The sun is warm, the sky is clear,/ The waves are dancing fast and bright,/ Blue isles and snowy mountains wear/ The purple noon's transparent might (Shelly line 1-4) This imagery shows a deep appreciation of nature as it relates to Shelley. Ironically, this...