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Percy Bysshe Shelley as a Philosopher and Reformer

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Published: 1876
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,531 / 71 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 451
Added to site: 2005.10.15 11680
Genre: Criticism

With commentary by Charles W. Frederickson

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in the English Public Schools and the tyrannical venality of ushers, deeply impressed themselves on the mind of Shelley, and he tells us, in the beautiful lines to his wife, of the remembrance of his endeavors to overthrow these abominations having failed, of flying from "the harsh and grating strife of tyrants and of foes" and of the high and noble resolves which inspired him:

"And then I clasp'd my hands, and look'd around; But none were near to mock my streaming eyes, Which pour'd their warm drops on the sunny ground. So, without shame, I spake: 'I will be wise, And just, and free, and mild, if in me lies Such power; for I grow weary to behold The selfish and the strong still tyrannize Without reproach or check.' I then controll'd My tears; my heart grew calm; and I was meek and bold.

"And from that hour did I, with earnest thought, Heap knowledge from forbidden mines of lore; Yet nothing that my tyrants knew or



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