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  1. Paul Paul says:

    Of all the upper and middle class white boy poets of the early nineteenth century Keats Byron Wordsworth Shelley Southey Coleridge etc for me there has only really been one that mattered Shelley Paul Foot has elouently reminded me why It was Marx who allegedly said that if Byron had lived he would have become a bourgeois reactionary like Wordsworth but if Shelley had lived he would have remained radical and been in the vanguard of socialism and revolution This may come as a surprise to some who may be used to reading the Shelley they find in the anthologies and peddled by the Shelley society Foot looks at all of Shelley’s writing and shows that his prose is as important as his poetry and that his views were truly radical for the time He also expressed his anger elouently Take the beginning of The Mask of Anarchy for me his most important poem where he reacts to the Peterloo massacre Castlereagh is the prime minister of the time and Shelley was in ItalyIAs I lay asleep in ItalyThere came a voice from over the SeaAnd with great power it forth led meTo walk in the visions of PoesyIII met Murder on the way He had a mask like Castlereagh Very smooth he looked yet grim;Seven blood hounds followed him IIIAll were fat; and well they mightBe in admirable plightFor one by one and two by twoHe tossed them human hearts to chewWhich from his wide cloak he drewFoot deals with a number of aspects of Shelley’s thought His atheism is pretty straightforward and stayed with him throughout his life Those who have tried to tame Shelley have tried to argue he moved towards religion in later life but Foot deals with this effectively His republicanism is again incontrovertible Foot also deals with his attitude to women and his attitudes to reform and revolution Shelley was always aware of injustice This is from a pamphlet called “Address to the people on the Death of Princess Charlotte”“Thus much the death of the Princess Charlotte has in common with the death of thousands How many women die in childbed and leave their families of motherless children and their husbands to live on blighted by the remembrance of that heavy loss How many women of active and energetic virtues—mild affectionate and wise whose life is as a chain of happiness and union which once being broken leaves those whom it bound to perish have died and have been deplored with bitterness which is too deep for words Some have perished in penury or shame and their orphan baby has survived a prey to the scorn and neglect of strangers Men have watched by the bedside of their expiring wives and have gone mad when the hideous death rattle was heard within the throat regardless of the rosy child sleeping in the lap of the unobservant nurse The countenance of the physician had been read by the stare of this distracted husband till the legible despair sunk into his heart All this has been and is You walk with a merry heart through the streets of this great city and think not that such are the scenes acting all around you You do not number in your thought the mothers who die in childbed It is the most horrible of ruins—In sickness in old age in battle death comes as to his own home; but in the Season of joy and hope when life should succeed to life and the assembled family expects one the youngest and the best beloved that the wife the mother—she for whom each member of the family was so dear to one another should die—Yet thousands of the poorest poor whose misery is aggravated by what cannot be spoken now suffer this And have they no affections Do not their hearts beat in their bosoms and the tears gush from their eyes Are they not human flesh and blood Yet none weep for them—none mourn for them—none when their coffins are carried to the grave if indeed the parish furnishes a coffin for all turn aside and moralize upon the sadness they have left behind”I could add similar uotes on Ireland and on other subjects Shelley’s prose surprises So does his poetry This is called A Ballad and wasn’t published until 120 years after his death I wonder whyA woman came up with a babe at her breastWhich was flaccid with toil and hunger She cried “Give me food and give me restWe die if I wait much longer The poor thing sucks and no milk will come;He would cry but his strength is gone –His wasting weakness has left him dumb Ye can hardly hear him moanThe skin round his eyes is pale and blue –His eyes are glazed – not with tears –I wish for a little moment that you – Could know what a mother fearsGive me a piece of that fine white bread;I would give you some blood for it – Before I faint and my infant is dead – O give me a little bitShelley didn’t stop at the observation of poverty he wanted to know why people are poor and what could be done about it He even developed a form of what became known as The Labour Theory of Value and talked about liuidating landed wealth and privilege in his notes on ueen Mab This is Shelley asking what freedom is from The Mask of Anarchy“Thou art not as impostors sayA shadow soon to pass awayA superstition and a nameEchoing from the cave of Fame `For the labourer thou art breadAnd a comely table spreadFrom his daily labour comeIn a neat and happy home `Thou art clothes and fire and foodFor the trampled multitude No in countries that are freeSuch starvation cannot beAs in England now we see”Although Shelley argued for universal suffrage he also warned that the granting of it would not solve the problems we faced as power and privilege would remain How right he was His approach to marriage was clear This is from The Revolt of Islam“Well with the world art thou unreconciled;Never will peace and human nature meetTill free and eual man and woman greetDomestic peace; and ere this power can makeIn human hearts its calm and holy seatThis slavery must be broken”And this“Can man be free if woman be a slaveChain one who lives and breathes this boundless airTo the corruption of a closèd graveCan they whose mates are beasts condemned to bearScorn heavier far than toil or anguish dareTo trample their oppressors In their homeAmong their babes thou knowest a curse would wearThe shape of woman hoary Crime would comeBehind and Fraud rebuild Religion's tottering dome”His approach to society is clear in Men of EnglandMen of England wherefore ploughFor the lords who lay ye lowWherefore weave with toil and careThe rich robes your tyrants wearThe seed ye sow another reaps;The wealth ye find another keeps;The robes ye weave another wears;The arms ye forge another bearsSow seed—but let no tyrant reapFind wealth—let no imposter heapWeave robes—let not the idle wearForge arms—in your defence to bearThere is much in this and similar vein in The Revolt of Islam ueen Mab The Mask of Anarchy Swellfoot the Tyrant and Peter Bell the Third Foot does not hero worship or idolize Shelley; he delineates his faults and inconsistencies What he does do though is show that at heart he is a radical who believed in radical solutions for the time to society’s problems Some of those solutions would still be radical for our times sadly For me there is only one of that group of poets who stays with me and that is Shelley

  2. Stephen Stephen says:

    Paul Foot has done a fantastic job in this book of correcting our historical view of ShelleyHe describes the historical background to Shelley’s writings putting them very much in context and brining the man to life as a real person Shelley was an atheist before Darwin a feminist before Pankhurst and a Marxist before Marx they called them ‘Levellers’ in those daysFoot describes how Shelley was alternately adopted by the Socialists and then abandoned by them and how he was idolised but very heavily censored by the aristocracyBut most of all Foot has a deep love and understanding of the poetry and with many examples he shows how Shelley’s ideas and passions are expressed and developed in that wonderfully lyrical language of hisTo confess a bias Shelley was already my favourite poet before starting this book but I now feel I hardly knew him beforeIf you like poetry this book is a must

  3. Diane Gaunt Diane Gaunt says:

    Great interpretation of Shelley as revolutionary socialist drawing from many sources both positive and negative Concise and accessible Fascinating and rousing stuff

  4. Ainsley kerr Ainsley kerr says:

    Did you know Shelley was a red Like a full bore bleeding heart commie pinko comrade ME EITHER And why Because literary critics basic choose to ignore his biting material critiue of capitalism imperialism and the crown Anyway Paul Foot and Percy Bysshe Shelley are both legends and this book was super fascinating

  5. Garry Nixon Garry Nixon says:

    Shelley and Socialism Those were the days Nice to see that Mask of Anarchy still pops up regularly in our national discourse

  6. Cian Cian says:

    One of the most important books I've ever read Shelley was at once a leveller reformer feminist and tireless revolutionary He was not just an agitator He was perhaps the most elouent agitator of all time That identity propelled his poetry to what it is his politics and prose at once the yang and the yin of his creativity his practical reality and the substance of his unending faith in humanity and its innate natural goodness despite what kings priests and statesmen have ingrained as 'natural' human behaviour in the general psyche since the first ages of agricultural and ironHis ideals propelled his work Though this inseparable fact of Shelley was purposely and maliciously conceited and censored by the establishment academia and the so called Shelley Society in the century and decades since Refusing to accept his politics with his poetry for they were shills of the oppressive time that was his context and the contexts ever since Where Shelley has become and relevant For he was a man ahead of his timeIn the end he did all that he could as did Mary Shelley Beset by terrible personal tragedy and throttled within the confines of the tyrannical oppression and the poverty of their day the misery that Shelley perceived and unleashed in empathetic poetic introspection of the species and society they did all that they could do And that is enoughFor as he said himself genius does not invent it perceives and so he perceived studied and sought to amend through his writings the terrors and the sufferings of his day In both England and Ireland he sought to inspire woman and man against the despicable overlords the common enemy of all and that which they would steal of the bodies minds and nature of man and woman What might have being said best of Shelley himself the poet and the political agitator the champion of the multitudes of England and the Irish poor was that 'true genius soars above the sphere of momentary applause so did the unsullied mind of Shelley rest its claim upon the justice of the cause which it determined to advocate' and so he did and did so with the greatest poetry I have yet read

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