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.
|Published (Last):||16 March 2018|
|PDF File Size:||20.19 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||3.8 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Paperback48 pages. Published June 1st by Kessinger Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Alastor or the Spirit of Solitudeplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude. Lists with This Book.
Read these lines then tell me that I actually need to write a review to go alongside this rating!
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.
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! Knowledge and truth and virtue were her theme, And lofty hopes of divine liberty, Thoughts the most dear to him, and poesy, Herself a poet. Soon the solemn mood Of her pure mind kindled through all her frame A permeating fire: The beating of her heart was heard to fill The pauses of her music, and her breath Tumultuously accorded with those fits Of intermitted song.
Sudden she rose, As if her heart impatiently endured Its bursting burthen: His strong heart sunk and sickened with excess Of love. He reared his shuddering limbs and quelled His gasping breath, and spread his arms to meet Her panting bosom 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.
That’s what I call poetry. Perfect thing to read on national poetry day too! Nov 08, Seamaiden rated it liked it.
I can’t say I understood much about it, but I can recognize the art behind it. I am not a huge fan of poetry, and Shelley’s poetry is too complicated, but one can see the complicated notions of the poet’s mind in this poem. Aug 23, Kevin rated it it was amazing.
I had the house to myself this afternoon, solithde I read this so loud that the neighbors probably heard it. Soon, I’ll probably read it again and see what it’s actually about. Dec 06, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: He lived, he died, he sung, in solitude. Strangers have we “There was a poet whose untimely tomb No human hands with pious reverence reared, But the charmed eddies of the autumnal winds Built o’er his mouldering bones a pyramid Of mouldering leaves in the waste wilderness: Strangers have wept to hear his passionate notes, And virgins, as unknown he passed, have pined And wasted for fond love of his wild eyes.
The fire of solitudf soft orbs have ceased to burn, And Silence, too enamoured of that voice, Locks its mute music in her rugged alsstor. I knew I was going to want to study Percy Shelley sooner or later. 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. As a first impression, “Alastor” is a beautifully written poem, albeit very difficult to understand as a story.
On paper, it doesn’t seem to alaxtor. It follows the life of a young poet who searches “in solitude” for the tbe in nature in order to connect on a deeper level to the world and otherworldly senses. 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.
However, I agree for the most part- I am swept away by the color and depth of Shelley’s masterful words, but where is he taking me?
I can’t say that I know. However, it is a good sign that I have gotten such a lovely impression right off the bat. I look forward to diving into Shelley’s works even more.
Jun 27, Annie rated it it was ok. 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. Even considering that bias, his poetry is not cup of tea, though it’s certainly got its draws. 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.
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.
Rhythm is plodding, language thesaurus-like. It took me promptly thirty seconds to forget every line, they were so unmemorable. That’s fine and good for poetry that really is translated- you can read multiple translations to get both the original intent and the poetic flair through a composite you create- but given or this is the original English, it’s a little disappointing.
Anyway, always fun to encounter the word “wildered. View all 4 comments.
Dec 30, Maria rated it it was ok. Dec 01, Giulia rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 12, Stefano Spjrit rated it liked it Shelves: Nice to be read aloud, but quite incomprehensible.
Sep 15, Margaret rated it it was ok Shelves: Not as crazy about Shelley as I am about Keats. Shelley is so far off in the ether, it’s hard to pin him down enough to really get something out of it. Hopefully Mont Blanc will turn the tide for me on PB. Craig rated it liked it Aug 14, Christy M rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Greg rated it really liked it Jun 30, Deborah rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Samira Majd rated it really liked it Nov 29, MB rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Carl Savich rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Andria Caputo rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Brandy Anderson rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Vasilis Mantiell rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Fox rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Rosie rated it really liked it Sep 16, Azazzell rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Christie rated it really liked it Jul 12, Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Feb 10, Josefk rated it liked it Dec 15, Luke rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Tereza rated it liked it Nov 25, Alev ignatius rated it liked it Jul 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
About Percy Bysshe Shelley. 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. 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. Shelley’s unconventional life and uncompromising idealism, combined with his strong skeptical voice, made him a authoritative and much denigrated figure during his life.
Famous for his association with his contemporaries John Keats and Lord Byron, he was also married to novelist Mary Shelley. Books by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Trivia About Alastor or the Sp No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Alastor or the Sp Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.