Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Vol. 2 of 5 (Classic Reprint)
FB&C Limited, 17. sep. 2017 - 324 strani
Excerpt from Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Vol. 2 of 5
The Poem which I now present to the world, is an attempt from which I scarcely dare to expect success, and in which a writer of estab lished fame might fail without disgrace. It is an experiment on the temper of the public mind, as to how far a thirst for a happier con dition of moral and political society survives, among the enlightened and refined, the tem pests which have shaken the age in which we live. I have sought to enlist the harmony of metrical language, the aetherial combina tions of the fancy, the rapid and subtle tran sitions of human passion, all those elements which essentially compose a Poem, in the cause of a liberal and comprehensive morality, and in the view of kindling within the bosoms of my readers a virtuous enthusiasm for those doctrines of liberty and justice, that faith and hope in something good, which neither violence, nor misrepresentation, nor prejudice, can ever totally extinguish among mankind.
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