Percy Bysshe Shelley
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Percy Bysshe Shelley (August 4 1792 – July 8 1822 was one of the major English Romantic poets and is widely considered to be among the finest lyric poets in the English language. He is perhaps most famous for such anthology pieces as Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and The Masque of Anarchy. However, his major works are long visionary poems including Alastor, Adonaïs, The Revolt of Islam, Prometheus Unbound and the unfinished The Triumph of Life.
Shelley's unconventional life and uncompromising idealism, combined with his strong skeptical voice, made him an authoritative and much-denigrated figure during his life and afterward. He became an idol of the next two or three generations of poets, including the major Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite poets Robert Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, as well as William Butler Yeats and poets in other languages such as Jan Kasprowicz, Jibanananda Das and Subramanya Bharathy.
He was admired by Karl Marx, Henry Stephens Salt, and Bertrand Russell. He was famous for his association with John Keats and Lord Byron. The novelist Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, was his second wife.