When Shelley said poets were the "unacknowledged legislators of the world", he used the term "legislator" in a special sense. Not as someone who "makes laws" but as someone who is a "representative" of the people. In this sense poets, or creators more generally, must be thought of as the voice of the people; as a critical foundation of our society and of our democracy. They offer insights into our world and provide potential solutions - they underpin our future. An attack on creators is therefore an attack on the very essence of humanity.
The Keats-Shelley Association of America is anxious to hear from you! A confidential questionnaire has been developed that is designed for students and fans of Keats, the Shelleys and their circle. We want you to help us shape the future of our Association and design a strategic plan. What does a 21st-century K-SAA look like? You tell us!!
WHO ARE YOU IN SHELLEY'S ROMANTIC ZODIAC?!?!
Do you want to know which love poem rules your sign? Which poem speaks to the heart of your loved one? Well look no further. We got ya covered. Happy Valentine’s Day Shelley Nation! Follow the link and dig in.
At last! Someone has undertaken a close reading of Shelley’s most romantic poems in order to match them with the 12 astrological signs! Who did this amazing thing? The Real Percy Bysshe Shelley did - that’s who.
One of my favourite bands from the 1970s was Buzzcocks, an English outfit fronted by a man named Pete Shelley. Pete had been born as Peter McNeish; but when he took to the stage he changed his name to honour his favourite romantic poet. I was enthralled by this idea and when I wrote my masters thesis, I included three musical epigraphs: two from the Sex Pistols and one from Buzzcocks. It was perhaps a stretch - however in my youthful rebellious mind I thought it was apt.
But was it really so far-fetched to tie together punk music and romantic poetry? To test this, I thought I would be fun to have a quick glance at one of the classics of the era to see if there are, in fact, any Shelleyan overtones. That classic? Clampdown by The Clash from the album London Calling. Let’s dig in.
It is my great hope that Frankenreads will open a doorway not just to the work of Mary Shelley but all of the Romantics - and Percy in particular. Percy’s political philosophy, his skepticism, his belief in the revolutionary value of empathy and his concept of a cultivated, revolutionary imagination have much to teach us about how to deal with an age of tyrants, massive concentration of wealth and fake news - an age much like his own.