Percy Bysshe Shelley | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Deborah Elise White

This literature criticism consists of approximately 41 pages of analysis & critique of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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Critical Essay by Deborah Elise White

SOURCE: “The Seashore's Path: Shelley and the Allegorical Imperative,” in Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring, 1995, pp. 51-79.

In the following essay, White probes the didactic/allegorical quality of Shelley's works.

Throughout Shelley's poetic career, his writings reflect on, engage with, and struggle against a particular mode of that discursive predicament more generally called allegory: didacticism. For Shelley, the ethical dimensions of poetry should reach beyond particular referential effects—the empirically determined moralities of time and place—the better to encompass the source that grounds them. In classic romantic fashion he names that source imagination. The position is articulated in the preface to Prometheus Unbound:

… it is a mistake to suppose that I dedicate my poetical compositions solely to the direct enforcement of reform, or that I consider...

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