At this time, members of Shelley's literary circle would sometimes challenge each other to write competing sonnets on a common subject:
Shelley fervently believed in the possibility of realizing an ideal of human happiness as based on beauty, and his moments of darkness and despair he had many, particularly in book-length poems such as the monumental Queen Mab almost always stem from his disappointment at seeing that ideal sacrificed to human weakness.
The center of his aesthetic philosophy can be found in his important essay A Defence of Poetry, in which he argues that poetry brings about moral good. Poetry, Shelley argues, exercises and expands the imagination, and the imagination is the source of sympathy, compassion, and love, which rest on the ability to project oneself into the position of another person.
He writes, A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others.
The pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination; and poetry administers to the effect by acting upon the cause. Poetry enlarges the circumference of the imagination by replenishing it with thoughts of ever new delight, which have the power of attracting and assimilating to their own nature all other thoughts, and which form new intervals and interstices whose void forever craves fresh food.
Poetry strengthens the faculty which is the organ of the moral nature of man, in the same manner as exercise strengthens a limb. But Shelley was able to believe that poetry makes people and society better; his poetry is suffused with this kind of inspired moral optimism, which he hoped would affect his readers sensuously, spiritually, and morally, all at the same time.Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley Prev Article Next Article Here is an analysis of Ozymandias, a poem written by one of the greatest Romantic poets in history, Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Apr 08, · Mr Beasley teaches the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Percy Bysshe Shelley | Source Percy Bysshe Shelley and Ozymandias Ozymandias is a fourteen line sonnet written in by a British Romantic poet whose name is synonymous with radical social and political change.
Aug 03, · Buy my revision guides: GCSE English Language paperback timberdesignmag.com GCSE English Language eBook timberdesignmag.com Shelley in Ozymandias shows both the positive and the negative aspect of nature.
Specifically, he accepts that nature is a source of inspiration and creation, such as the creation of the huge statue that once was an important person but he also recognizes that nature is not only positive describing the remains of the statue in the desert.
Shelley's "Ozymandias" is a sonnet, written in loose iambic pentameter, but with an atypical rhyme scheme (ABABA CDCEDEFEF) when compared to other English-language sonnets, and without the characteristic octave-and-sestet structure.