"Poetry is...the perfect and consummate surface and bloom of all things; it is as the odor and the color of the rose to the texture of the elements which compose it...."
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
One of the major Romantic poets, Shelley is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all the lyric and epic poets. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views,
Shelley did not see fame during his lifetime, but recognition for his
poetry grew steadily following his death. Shelley was a key member of a
close circle of visionary poets and writers that included Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, Thomas Love Peacock, and his own second wife,Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein