A locket with hair from Mary Shelley and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. CreditBodleian Library, Oxford


A locket with hair from Mary Shelley and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. CreditBodleian Library, Oxford

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Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
Think’st thou that I, who saw the face of God,
And tasted the eternal joys of Heaven,
Am not tormented with ten thousand hells,
In being deprived of everlasting bliss?
O Faustus, leave these frivolous demands,
Which strike a terror to my fainting soul.
written by Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
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 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter


 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

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Language is fossil poetry. As the limestone of the continent consists of infinite masses of the shells of animalcules, so language is made up of images, or tropes, which now, in their secondary use, have long ceased to remind us of their poetic origin.
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July 8, 1822, and the Burning, Reckless Heart of Shelley
The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.
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The Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley

8 July 1822

It was on this day in British history, 8 July 1822, that English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned off the coast of Italy. Shelley died after his boat, the Don Juan, sank while he sailed with two of his friends. Shelley’s body was washed ashore and later, in keeping with quarantine regulations, was cremated on the beach near Viareggio. Shelley’s ashes were interred in the Protestant Cemetery, Rome, near an ancient pyramid in the city walls. His grave bears the Latin inscription, Cor Cordium (“Heart of Hearts”), and, in reference to his death at sea, a few lines of “Ariel’s Song” from Shakespeare’s The Tempest: “Nothing of him that doth fade / But doth suffer a sea-change / Into something rich and strange.” 

 An 1889 painting by Louis Édouard Fournier, The Funeral of Shelley (also known as The Cremation of Shelley), contains inaccuracies. In pre-Victorian times it was English custom that women would not attend funerals for health reasons. Mary Shelley did not attend but was featured in the painting, kneeling at the left-hand side. Leigh Hunt stayed in the carriage during the ceremony but is also pictured. Also, Trelawny, in his account of the recovery of Shelley’s body, records that “the face and hands, and parts of the body not protected by the dress, were fleshless,” and by the time that the party returned to the beach for the cremation, the body was even further decomposed. In his graphic account of the cremation, he writes of Byron being unable to face the scene, and withdrawing to the beach.

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Women of Romanticism [1/10]Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

Major Works:

Thoughts on the education of daughters: with reflections on female conduct, in the more important duties of life (1787)

Original Stories from Real Life; with Conversations Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and Form the Mind to Truth and Goodness (1788)

Mary: A Fiction (1788)

A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; Occasioned by His Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792)

Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark (1796)

Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman (1798, published posthumously)

"Till women are more rationally educated, the progress in human virtue and improvement in knowledge must receive continual checks." – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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You are always new. The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest.
written by John Keats, letter to Fanny Brawne (1820)

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