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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It is not a merit to tolerate, but rather a crime to be intolerant.
It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery.
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts.
And his own thoughts, along that rugged way Pursued, like raging hounds, their father and their prey.
Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.
For there are deeds which have no form, sufferings which have no tongue.
Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present.
I wield the flail of the lashing hail, And whiten the green plains under; And then again I dissolve it in rain, And laugh as I pass in thunder.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislatures of the world.
Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep! He hath awaken from the dream of life!