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Title: Percy Bysshe Shelley


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Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Born in Sussex, England, in 1792 Born a few years
after William Wordsworth.
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At school he was severely bullied both mentally
and physically. This caused him to withdraw into
his imagination. At college, he co-authored a
piece called The necessity of Atheism. In it he
wrote the mind cannot believe in the
existence of God. He was expelled from his
college.
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Parents were very upset with his actions that
they demanded he forsake his beliefs,
including Vegetarianism, Political
radicalism, Sexual freedom. Elopes with 16 year
old Harriet who his parents had explicitly
forbidden him to see. He hoped to save her from
committing suicide but soon got annoyed with her.
They had two children together.
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Wrote many political pamphlets that he
distributed by way of hot-air balloons, glass
bottles and paper boats. Ran off with Mary, his
new love and they toured France, Germany,
Switzerland and Holland.
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Eventually Harriet, his first wife committed
suicide. Shelly lost custody to his children and
they were put into foster care. Percy Shelly
died in a drowning.
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So what do we learn about Shelly? 1. He was a
rebel. 2. Spirit of the Revolution and free
thought were the biggest passions in his life.
3. Highly emotional, both physically and
mentally. 4. A lively imagination.
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