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date: 27 May 2020

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This chapter focuses on Shelley's prominence among nineteenth-century poets and novelists. It highlights the fact that while his poems influenced the poems of his successors, Shelley the man more often provided material for novelists. The difference between the novelistic interest in Shelley as a man and the poetic interest that focused on his work indicates a literary culture which was divided between a literature, typically poetry, that addressed itself to the few, and a literature, typically the novel, that addressed itself to the many. One reason for his prominence in the period was that he seemed to straddle the divide.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poets, Romantic poets, poems, novelists

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