Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley is one of the most important English poets. He was born in 1792 and died in 1822 at twenty-nine. He was part of the Romantic poetry movement in England and influenced a generation of poets.

Some of his best-known poems are ‘Ozymandias‘ and To a Skylark.’


‘Mutability’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley is a description of the variable nature of our world and the fleeting lives of human beings.

Ode to the West Wind

‘Ode to the West Wind’ was written in Cascine Woods, outside of Florence, Italy, and published in 1820. It focuses on death’s necessary destruction and the possibilities of rebirth.


‘Ozymandias’ is about the nature of power. It is an important piece that features how a great ruler like Ozymandias, and his legacy, was prone to impermanence and decay.

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The cold earth slept below

‘The cold earth slept below’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley describes the state of the world on a freezing winter night and the discovery of a lover’s cold body. 

The Indian Serenade

‘The Indian Serenade’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley is a dreamlike, lyrical love poem told from the perspective of a desperate lover.

The Question

‘The Question’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley tells of a dream in which a speaker encounters a vast forest of pristine, blooming flowers. 

To a Skylark

‘To a Skylark’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley is an ode. It celebrates the beauty of nature and the bliss of a skylark’s song.

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