isn’t it romantic

Illustrated portrait of English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822) Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

This past week, the UK’s Guardian newspaper has been running a series on the Romantic poets: Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, Blake, etc. They’re all there! Those who actually subscribe to the paper get a nifty little pamphlet on each poet with their daily newspaper. For example, Germaine Greer wrote a piece on Lord Byron and Christopher Hitchens wrote a little ditty on Percy Bysshe Shelley. How cool is that?

Reading Hitchen’s column has rekindled my teenage crush on Shelley. He was such a rebel; I love the way he got kicked out of Oxford for writing a pamphlet on atheism. If he had lived to a ripe old age (well, past thirty), would he have mellowed a bit? I guess we’ll never know. That’s the problem with the Romantics—they all died way too young.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on January 30, 2010.

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