Alastor: Or, the Spirit of Solitude. Introductory Note. Nondum amabam, et amare amabam, quærebam quid amarem, amans amare. Confess. St. August. Alastor. Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude: Percy Bysshe Shelley: He also wrote Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude, a blank-verse poem, published with shorter poems in. Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude has ratings and 9 reviews. Bookdragon Sean said: Read these lines then tell me that I actually need to write a revi.

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In The British Critic for Maythe reviewer dismissed the work as “the madness of a poetic mind.

The most convincing possibility is William Wordsworthsince the poem is framed with direct quotations from Wordsworth’s poetry, and Shelley had a deeply ambivalent reaction to Wordsworth’s poetry, as witnessed in his sonnet “To Wordsworth. Lockhart wrote that Shelley is “a man of genius Carl Savich rated it it was amazing Sep 28, However, his major works were long visionary poems including Alastor, Adonais, The Revolt of Islam, Prometheus Unbound a Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets and is widely considered to be among the finest lyric poets of the English language.

Her voice was like the voice of his own soul Heard in the calm of thought; its music long, Like woven sounds of streams and breezes, held His inmost sense suspended in its web Of many-coloured woof and shifting hues.

His strong heart sunk and sickened with excess Of love. Once touched by the maddening hand of the supernatural, the Poet restlessly searches for a reconciliation with his lost vision. Andria Caputo rated it it was amazing Jan 22, As his senses are literally dulled, his imagination helps him sense the spirit’s supernatural presence. Soon, I’ll probably read it again and see what it’s actually about.


Alastor: Or, The Spirit Of Solitude Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley – Poem Hunter Comments

I can’t say I understood much about it, but I can recognize the art behind alastoe. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As if it were intended to sound better, and did in the original language, and the translator is prioritizing the literal meaning of the original over style.

Sollitude rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Having studied his wife’s famous Frankenstein in last year’s AP English class and having read so much of his contemporaries’ works, I wanted to see how well his poetry stacked up, so to say. Critics have spent a great deal of effort attempting to identify the Poet.

Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude

Famous for his association with his contemporaries John Keats and Lord Byron, he was also married to novelist Mary Shelley. Rhythm is plodding, langu Percy’s always struck me as an irredeemable asshole, and it’s hard to divorce that perception of him from my perception of the poem, I admit. The journey to the very source of nature led, finally, to an immanence within nature’s very structure and to a world free of decay and change.

I do not have a defense for this- now, upon research I discovered that Shelley was heavily criticized for this very issue, although to me his critics were wrong in not acknowledging the beauty of this verse on a purely lyrical level. Knowledge and truth and virtue were Read these lines then tell me that I actually need to write a review to go alongside this rating! Now blackness veiled his dizzy eyes, and night Involved and swallowed up the vision; sleep, Like a dark flood suspended in its course Rolled back its impulse on his vacant brain.

Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude. The Cenci Hellas I had the house to myself this afternoon, so I read this so loud that the neighbors probably heard it. Shelley is a poet, almost in the very highest sense of that mysterious word. The Poet rejects an “Arab maiden” in his search for an idealised embodiment of a woman.


Azazzell rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Deborah rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Trivia About Alastor or the Sp Published June 1st by Kessinger Publishing first published No trivia or quizzes yet.

Alastor: Or, The Spirit Of Solitude – Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The boat flows onward to an “immeasurable void” and the Poet finds himself ready to sink into the supernatural world and break through the threshold into death.

As the Poet attempts to unite with the spirit, night’s blackness swallows the vision and severs his dreamy link to the supernatural. We should be utterly at a loss to convey any distinct idea of the plan or purpose of the poem. The poem was attacked by contemporary critics for its “obscurity”. Want to Read saving….

Paperback48 pages. This veiled vision brings with her an intimation of the supernatural world that lies beyond nature.

This dream vision serves as a mediator between the natural and supernatural domains by being both spirit and an element of human love. In Alastor the speaker ostensibly recounts the life of a Poet who zealously pursues the most spirjt part of nature in search of “strange truths in undiscovered lands”, journeying to the Caucasus Mountains “the ethereal cliffs of Caucasus”Persia, “Arabie”, Cashmire, and “the wild Carmanian waste”.