And his own thoughts, along that rugged way Pursued, like raging hounds, their father and their prey.
Percy Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Contributed by: Zaady
Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
Source: A Defense of Poetry
Poets are the unacknowledged legislatures of the world.
Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present.
Source: A Defence of Poetry.
Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches.
One word is too often profaned For me to profane it, One feeling too falsely disdained For thee to disdain it.
Source: One Word is too often frofaned
All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
Oh lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!
The awful shadow of some unseen Power Floats, tho' unseen, amongst us.
Source: Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.
What! alive, and so bold, O earth?
Source: Written on hearing the news of the death of Napoleon.
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