History[ edit ] The oldest love poem.
Percy Bysshe Shelley - The he spirit of revolution and the power of free thought were Percy Shelley's biggest passions in life. After being sent away to boarding school at the age of ten, he attended a lecture on science which piqued his interest in the properties of electricity, magnetism, chemistry and telescopes.
On return trips home, he would try to cure his sisters' chilblains by passing electric currents through them. He also hinted of a mysterious "alchemist" living in a hidden room in the attic.
While attending the Eton school from tothe quiet, odd and reflective boy was taunted relentlessly by schoolmates.
This generated in him extremes of anger, once even driving him to stab another boy with a fork. Shelley detested the practice of younger boys buying protection through doing menial tasks from older bullies.
He was ever the visionary and daydreamer, often forgetting to tie his shoelaces or to wear a hat. His odd behavior eventually earned him the nickname of "Mad Shelley". At school, Shelley became intrigued with the revolutionary political and philosophical ideas of Thomas Paine and William Godwin.
Throughout his life, he emphatically expressed his political and religious views in a struggle against social injustice, often to the point where it got him into trouble or mired in controversy. Later, in Geneva with Byron, he would often write "democrat, great lover of mankind, and atheist" in Greek after his signature in hotel ledgers.
Upon finding one of these signatures, Lord Byron remarked: Shelley detested the monarchy and aristocracy. He was a great believer in the idea of the power of the human mind to change circumstances for the better in a non-violent way. Shelley attended University College, Oxford in His friend, Thomas Jefferson Hogg describes Shelley's college rooms as such: Books, boots, papers, shoes, philosophical instruments, clothes, pistols, linen, crockery, ammunition, and phials innumerable, with money, stockings, prints, crucibles, bags, and boxes were scattered on the floor and in every place.
The tables, and especially the carpet, were already stained with large spots of various hues, which frequently proclaimed the agency of fire. An electrical machine, an air pump, the galvanic trough, a solar microscope, and large glass jars and receivers, were conspicuous amidst the mass of matter.
The young Shelley was often seen indulging in his habit of sailing paper boats on the water of any nearby pond, lake or river, or reading with a book held right up to his eyes, lying very close to the fire.
One of these he sent to a poetry professor along with a letter signed "Jeremiah Stukley". The professor then brought the letter and essay, which proposed free inquiry into religious belief and suggested that the existence of God remained unproven by physical evidence or reason, to the University College master.
Shelley and his friend Hogg were both subsequently expelled from Oxford. This incident greatly upset Shelley's father and grandfather.
His relationship with them and his closeness to the rest of his family was never completely mended. Although he intellectually disliked the institution of marriage, stating that it was not necessary if two people loved each other, he eloped to Scotland in and married sixteen year-old Harriet Westbrook, the daughter of a London merchant and a school friend of his sister.
Shelley's father immediately cut off his monetary allowance upon hearing the news, but was eventually persuaded to restart it. Meanwhile, Shelley continued to write political pamphlets, often sending them out in bottles or homemade paper boats over the water, or inside fire balloons into the sky.
At the beginning of Shelley started to suffer from "nervous attacks" for which he took doses of laudanum. He also started to sleepwalk when life became difficult or stressful.
One evening he was either attacked, or imagined he was attacked, outside the door of his cottage. His wife and a neighbor found him lying senseless at the foot of the entryway. It was also in that he met and became friends with William Godwin and his family.
Harriet bore Shelley's first child, Elizabeth Ianthe, in June of and by the end of the year was pregnant again.
When the two persuaded Mary to stop seeing Shelley for a little while, he showed up distraught and hysterical at her house with laudanum and a pistol, threatening to commit suicide.
By the time they returned to London, Mary was pregnant. Harriet gave birth to Charles, Shelley's first-born son in November ofbut she was by now painfully aware that Shelley did not love her anymore. She was soon pregnant again, and gave birth to a son, William, in early The famous "ghost story contest" which spawned Mary Shelley's Frankenstein took place during this period.
Tragedy struck twice near the end of after Mary and Shelley had returned to London. Depressed, Mary's sister Fanny committed suicide in October. She had presumably killed herself.
She was several months pregnant from an affair with a military officer who had later been sent abroad, and assumedly despondent about Shelley leaving her for Mary.Love Poems - Things I Love About You by Anthony West. Enumeration is a human foible, and a favorites pastime for those in love.
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About the Poem. L earning how to love is a life long process. Each day we learn a little more. It can be hard work and sometimes we make mistakes, but Love is worth the effort! It is such a privilege to read the early work of an artist.
Here are all the elements of his later work: the assured craftsmanship of language, the themes that pursue him through his other books [Rose , The City in Which I Love You , Book of My Nights , Behind My Eyes ], seeing the world through his own eyes, his father's eyes and sieving it through high childhood religious.
Love has always been written about since man could write. Through songs, poetry and stories there has always been more about love than other subjects. Love is easy to write about for those who have felt it, and can be written about in so many ways.