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date: 05 June 2020

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This chapter shows how Shelley became a model for formal experimentation and playfulness in poetry among some radical twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets, whose understanding of him as a figure of an unpredictable personal and radical political life who was sensational in his death helped form their own radical poetry and poetics. It begins with brief discussions of three major precursors to this radical understanding: Yeats and Eliot, who acknowledged some of what the radical poets called on but came to very different conclusions; and in a somewhat similar vein a poet of the next generation, W. H. Auden. The discussion then turns to the work of a range of avant-garde poets.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poets, Romantic poets, modern poetry, radical poetry, Yeats, Eliot, W. H. Auden

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