‘Shelley, the writer of some infidel poetry, has been drowned: now he knows whether there is a God or no’. So wrote a Tory reviewer after Shelley’s premature death. Cruel as the remark is, the reviewer accidentally lights upon the questions that had preoccupied the poet throughout his short life: is there a God and is there life after death? Madeleine Callaghan discusses this as a crucial facet of her new book, Eternity in British Romantic Poetry for the bicentenary of Percy Bysshe Shelley's death.
To celebrate the release of Shelley's Living Artistry, author Madeleine Callaghan discusses the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley and the shifting relationship between the poet's art and life. Out of all of the Romantic poets, what was it about Shelley in particular that attracted you to writing a book on his life and work? I chose to … Continue reading