Percy Bysshe Shelley
English Romantic poet (1792–1822)
Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, Shelley did not achieve fame during his lifetime, but recognition of his achievements in poetry grew steadily following his death and he became an important influence on subsequent generations of poets including Robert Browning, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Thomas Hardy, and W. B. Yeats. American literary critic Harold Bloom describes him as "a superb craftsman, a lyric poet without rival, and surely one of the most advanced sceptical intellects ever to write a poem."
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The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.
Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.
Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches.
Oh lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!
All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
His fine wit Makes such a wound, the knife is lost in it.
Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality; it strikes at the root of all domestic happiness, and consigns more than half of the human race to misery.
And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
Have you not heard When a man marries, dies, or turns Hindoo, His best friends hear no more of him?