The Complete Poetical Works, Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Complete Poetical Works

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Aldair Apodacahas quoted3 months ago
At the moment, the Primal Power of the world drives him from his usurped throne, and Strength, in the person of Hercules, liberates Humanity, typified in Prometheus, from the tortures generated by evil done or suffered.
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He followed certain classical authorities in figuring Saturn as the good principle, Jupiter the usurping evil one, and Prometheus as the regenerator, who, unable to bring mankind back to primitive innocence, used knowledge as a weapon to defeat evil, by leading mankind, beyond the state wherein they are sinless through ignorance, to that in which they are virtuous through wisdom.
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The prominent feature of Shelley’s theory of the destiny of the human species was that evil is not inherent in the system of the creation, but an accident that might be expelled. This also forms a portion of Christianity: God made earth and man perfect, till he, by his fall,
‘Brought death into the world and all our woe.’
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Apollo:
Ay, when the strife was ended which made dim
The orb I rule, and shook the solid stars,
The terrors of his eye illumined heaven
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The anatomies of unknown wingèd things
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And our singing shall build
In the void’s loose field
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A world for the Spirit of Wisdom to wield;
We will take our plan
From the new world of man,
And our work shall be called the Promethean
Aldair Apodaca
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All men believed or hoped, is torn aside;
The loathsome mask has fallen, the man remains
Sceptreless, free, uncircumscribed, but man
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Equal, unclassed, tribeless, and nationless,
Exempt from awe, worship, degree, the king
Over himself;
Aldair Apodaca
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Death is the veil which those who live call life
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Peace, monster; I come now. Farewell.
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Rejoice! henceforth I am omnipotent.
All else had been subdued to me; alone
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like un­­ext­in­g­uished B, ed. 1839; like an un­­ext­in­g­uished 1820.
The soul of man, like unextinguished fire,
Yet burns towards heaven with fierce reproach, and doubt,
And lamentation, and reluctant prayer,
Hurling up insurrection,
Aldair Apodaca
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The wreck of his own will, the scorn of earth,
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The outcast, the abandoned, the alone?
Not Jove: while yet his frown shook Heaven ay, when
His adversary from adamantine chains
Cursed him, he trembled like a slave. Declare
Who is his master? Is he too a slave?
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Prometheus gave to man, for which he hangs
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rains B, ed. 1839; reigns 1820.
Withering in destined pain: but who rains down
Evil, the immedicable plague, which, while
Man looks on his creation like a God
And sees that it is glorious, drives him on,
Aldair Apodaca
Aldair Apodacahas quoted4 months ago
I feel, I see
Those eyes which burn through smiles that fade in tears,
Like stars half quenched in mists of silver dew.
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Prometheus:
I said all hope was vain but love: thou lovest
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Chorus:
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Though Ruin now Love’s shadow be,
Following him, destroyingly,
On Death’s white and wingèd steed,
Which the fleetest cannot flee,
Trampling down both flower and weed,
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Aldair Apodaca
Aldair Apodacahas quoted4 months ago
Prometheus:
Ah woe!
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Ah woe! Alas! pain, pain ever, for ever!
I close my tearless eyes, but see more clear
Thy works within my woe-illumèd mind,
Thou subtle tyrant! Peace is in the grave.
The grave hides all things beautiful and good:
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I am a God and cannot find it there,
Nor would I seek it: for, though dread revenge,
This is defeat, fierce king, not victory.
The sights with which thou torturest gird my soul
With new endurance, till the hour arrives
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The good want power, but to weep barren tears.
The powerful goodness want: worse need for them.
The wise want love; and those who love want wisdom;
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Prometheus:
Why, ye are thus now;
Yet am I king over myself, and rule
The torturing and conflicting throngs within,
As Jove rules you when Hell grows mutinous.
Aldair Apodaca
Aldair Apodacahas quoted4 months ago
Prometheus:
I laugh your power, and his who sent you here,
To lowest scorn. Pour forth the cup of pain.
First Fury:
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Thou thinkest we will rend thee bone from bone,
And nerve from nerve, working like fire within?
Prometheus:
Pain is my element, as hate is thine;
Ye rend me now; I care not.
Aldair Apodaca
Aldair Apodacahas quoted4 months ago
First Fury:
We are the ministers of pain, and fear,
And disappointment, and mistrust, and hate,
And clinging crime; and as lean dogs pursue
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