Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines Shelley's poetics of desire at the heart of his re-imagining of romance, focusing on two works: Epipsychidion and Alastor. Both explore the quest of the human mind and heart for a mysterious power manifest in the physical world, the inherent dangers of pursuing such ideals, and the inadequacies of poetic language. Inextricably bound to Shelley's poetics of desire is an internalization of the romance quest that opens up this literary form into an endless series of creative possibilities which are difficult to define as the nature of love.
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