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Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded as among the finest lyric poets in the English language. A radical in his poetry and his political and social views, fame eluded him during his lifetime, but recognition grew steadily following his death. Shelley was a key member of a close circle of visionary poets and writers that included Lord Byron; Leigh Hunt; Thomas Love Peacock; and his own second wife, Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing (January 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140763142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407631424
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Wealth of quotations.

I was looking for a specific quotation and realized I did not have my own copy of this book.
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Even Percy Shelley's prose is poetic. This must-read essay highlights the impact poetry has made in all of life, emphasizes the heights to which poetry lifts all of nature to reveal its actual goodness and beauty, and will convince you a life without poetry is a life not worth living! "Poets are the hierophants of an apprehended inspiration," says Shelley. They "are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."
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I have an excerpt of Defence of Poetry in Norton, and this ebook is missing words and even whole lines. Makes it difficult to study on the Kindle, but I guess you get what you pay for. At least I can make notes without messing up my expensive Reader.
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Is it me or is this completely unconvincing???!

Shelley extends the definition of poetry in order to include all arts(even music, painting etc). This is no poetry, this is arts in general!

He then distincts poetry and believes it superior to all other arts and sciences and the major(only?) force to influence societies...how can this be? A musician or a painter need not read a single verse to be great in their art and influence society with their works, let alone a scientist.

He also considers people like Plato, Locke, Hume, Voltaire, Rousseau as poets. Painters like Rafael and Michelangelo. Historians too. These are, strictly, political philosophers, painters and historians. They are no poets! Their contributions cannot be linked back to poetry.

I dont think someone can argue for the value of poetry in a society(as is the book's purpose) by making such broad assumptions.
Otherwise it's a great read, only it should be titled differently.

A Defence of Arts, yes.
A Defence of Great Minds, yes.
A Defence of Poetry, no.
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