Presentation on theme: "Andrew Stone. Shelley is widely known as a liberal romantic poet “England In 1819” expresses many of his liberal views and his discontent toward the."— Presentation transcript:
Shelley is widely known as a liberal romantic poet “England In 1819” expresses many of his liberal views and his discontent toward the English government in 1819 The poem was written in 1819, 3 years before his death Shelley attacks King George III and Parliament
Lines 1-6 An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king,-- Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow Through public scorn,--mud from a muddy spring,-- Rulers who neither see, nor feel, nor know, But leech-like to their fainting country cling, Till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow,-- King George III King George III The leeches sucking blood represent the government’s oppression of the people Selfish rulers that are blind to the condition of the people
Lines 7-10 A people starved and stabbed in the untilled field,-- An army, which liberticide and prey Makes as a two-edged sword to all who wield,-- Golden and sanguine laws which tempt and slay; “Liberticide” “Liberte`” - French for “liberty” “Cide” – Suffix for “killer” Pesticide – Pest Liberticide – Liberty “Liberticide” “Liberte`” - French for “liberty” “Cide” – Suffix for “killer” Pesticide – Pest Liberticide – Liberty “Two-edged sword to all who wield” – There can never be a winner in the battle between the starving people and the government, symbolized by the army Golden – Represents the temptation of wealth Sanguine – A brownish red color that symbolizes blood and represents and the slain liberty of the people Golden – Represents the temptation of wealth Sanguine – A brownish red color that symbolizes blood and represents and the slain liberty of the people
Lines 11-14 Religion Christless, Godless--a book sealed; A Senate,--Time's worst statute unrepealed,-- Are graves, from which a glorious Phantom may Burst, to illumine our tempestous day. The Bible The Bible VOLTA Lines 1-10 focus on the government and what is happening at the time. Lines 11-14 focus on Shelley’s reflection and personal opinion of the state of the government and a look into the future. Angry toward Senate and religion Hope that good (the “glorious Phantom”) may come in the future Why is “Phantom” capitalized?
Rhyme scheme ABABABCDCDCCDD Upside-down form of the classic Petrarchan sonnet form Iambic Pentameter Untraditional sonnet form represents the disorder of England at the time
Theme Focuses on the disorder of the English government and the corruption of the monarchy Speaks for the people living in poverty Expresses Shelly’s hope for change in the future