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December 1, 2012

Tortured Romantics

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

On this day in 1821 Percy Shelley’s “Adonais,” his elegy to John Keats, was published in England. A cornerstone of both Romantic poetry and the myth of the Romantic, the poem paints Keats as Adonis in pursuit of Beauty and Truth, brought down by those less noble and talented. This was a fate Shelley (left) predicted for himself, and he died before Keats’s gravestone had been erected.

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