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Percy Bysshe Shelley. “ Ozymandias ”. Another Tortured Romantic. Loved to read and write Expelled from Oxford University for publishing a pamphlet about atheism That started a life-long estrangement from his father. Love Life.

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percy bysshe shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Ozymandias”

another tortured romantic
Another Tortured Romantic
  • Loved to read and write
  • Expelled from Oxford University for publishing a pamphlet about atheism
  • That started a life-long estrangement from his father
love life
Love Life
  • At 19, he “rescued” 16-year-old Harriet Westbrook from her mean father. They eloped.
  • Abandoned her 3 years later to run away with 17-year-old Mary Godwin
    • Daughter of two most important radicals of the 1790s.
    • Mary and Percy took her sister, Claire, with them. She had a brief affair with Lord Byron, starting a long friendship between him and Shelley
  • Harriet drowns herself in a pond.
  • Shelley can now marry Mary, but he never gains custody of his children with Harriet
tragic death
Tragic Death
  • Died in a boating accident before he was 30
  • Two weeks later, his body washed ashore
  • It was burned in a funeral pyre on the beach
  • It is rumored that Italian sailors tried to save him but he refused.
ozymandias
“Ozymandias”
  • Sonnet
    • 14 lines
    • Usually iambic pantameter
    • Has a specific rhyme scheme
  • This poem was written because of a friendly and informal poetry competition.
  • The British Museum of London was displaying some Egyptian artificacts