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Title: Persy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic


1
Persy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic
  • English 11 AP

2
P.B. Shelley Early Life
  • Shelley (1792 1822) was a gentleman in the
    literal sense of the word ie, he didnt work.
    He was (ahem) educated at Oxford, but never went
    to class and was generally despised.
  • He got booted out for a pamphlet he wrote called
    The Necessity of Athiesm, but its unclear
    whether the powers that be found his religious
    beliefs or his vegetarianism more blasphemous.

3
Marriages, Relationships, etc
  • Shelley got married at the age of 19, a few
    months after getting booted out of college. His
    choice of bride was strange a 16 year old
    school girl named Harriet Westbrook.
  • Always a believer in Free Love, he invited his
    friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg to join them.
    Harriet was not amused. Shelley got turned off
    by her conventional views of marriage.

4
Relationships, Continued
  • Three years into his marriage, he left his wife
    and child to study and travel. He met and fell
    in love with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, the
    daughter of the intellectual William Godwin and
    the original feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft.
  • Shelley abandoned his wife and took off to the
    continent with Mary and her stepsister Clair
    Clairmont, both of whom, it is noted, were more
    into his Free Love policy than his wife.

5
Next
  • Clair Clairmont was also having an affair with
    Lord Byron surprise!
  • 1816 Marys half-sister Fanny kills herself
  • 1816 - Shelleys abandoned wife Harriet kills
    herself
  • 1816 Shelley marries Mary, in an attempt to get
    custody of his kids. The attempt fails, largely
    due to his atheism (and one can assume his
    vegetarianism.) They were given to a foster
    family instead.

6
Next
  • Claire Clairmont had a baby by Byron Allegra
  • Mary had two children with Shelley, but they both
    died in infancy, in Italy
  • Shelley found a foundling to raise this
    little girl was very likely his own child with
    Clair Clairmont Mary very likely knew this.
    Shelley believed that raising this little girl
    would get Marys mind off her own two children
    who died. Men!

7
Next
  • By the time Mary finally managed to have a baby
    that lived, Shelley had taken up with another
    woman, named Sophia Stacey.
  • In 1821, Shelley was devastated by the death of
    Keats, and became depressed.
  • Cure for depression party with Byron some more!

8
Death - 1822
  • Went out boating with a buddy while partying at
    Byrons place
  • Boat capsized Shelley drowned
  • Body cremated, except for the heart, which Mary
    kept
  • Shelley had a
  • book of Keats
  • poems on him
  • when he died.

9
LOL!
  • A London paper took great delight in announcing
    Shelleys death, writing "Shelley, the writer of
    some infidel poetry, has been drowned, now he
    knows whether there is a God or not.

10
Photos Gratefully Cited from
  • www.pbshelley.com/life/
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