Title

Shelley's Spasmodic Afterlife

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2015

Keywords

Spasmodic Poets, Percy Shelley, Sydney Dobell

Abstract

Shelley's political legacy passed through an often-neglected school of writers to world leaders and revolutionaries globally in the decades following his death. When assessing his legacy, we should not overlook those early, ardent appreciators known as "the Spasmodic School." Alexander Smith, Sydney Dobell, J. Stanyan Bigg, and even James Thomson B.V. took Shelley's call to a revolution conducted through imaginative sympathy seriously, and together, helped to fan his "fading coal" to flame.

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