We love and understand the song of the skylark better for having heard Shelley sing of it.
The ideas of the Revolution touched him as they had touched Byron and Wordsworth, and although Wordsworth turned away from them disappointed, Shelley held on hopefully.
Shelley believed when he wrote the poem that Keats had been done to death by the cruel criticisms of his poems, that he had died of a broken heart, because the world neither understood nor sympathized with his poetry.
In it, Shelley calls upon everything, upon every thought and feeling, upon all poets, to weep for the loss of Adonais.
So Shelley himself had written in the preface to Adonais.
Beneath these words are some lines from the Tempest which Shelley had loved--
Poems of Shelley, selected and arranged for use in schools, by E.
The occasion for the volume and exhibition under review is the purchase in 2004 by the Bodleian Libraries of the Abinger Papers, the final portion of the Shelley
family archive inherited by Sir Percy Florence Shelley
, son of Percy and Mary Shelley
, and protected through the Victorian period by him and his wife Lady Jane Shelley