Read about ‘Alastor’ by P B Shelley on the British Library’s Discovering Literature website. Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude: Percy Bysshe Shelley: He also wrote Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude, a blank-verse poem, published with shorter poems in. Presence in Shelley’s Ala. FRANCESCA CAUCHI. In their groundbreaking article “Wordsworth as the Prototype oí the Poet in Shelley s Alastor, Paul Mueschke.

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Rossetti and Woodberry print Conducts, etc. Even on the edge of that vast mountain, Sshelley by knotty roots and fallen rocks, The Poet is represented as uniting these requisitions, and attaching them to a single image.

It is considered to be one of the first of Shelley’s major poems.

Over it hangs a persisting atmosphere of solitariness which turns into a deathwish. You are commenting using your WordPress. Shwlley Shelley texts,have Conduct here, which Forman and Dowden retain.

Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude

Editions, and have roots line — a palpable misprint, the probable origin of which may be seen in the line which follows. Peacock suggested the name Alastor which comes shelleg Roman mythology.

Wordsworth explained in what school the author had formed his taste. Mary Shelley, in her note on the work, wrote: This dream vision serves as a mediator between the natural and supernatural domains by being both spirit and an element of human love.


John Gibson Lockhart of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine wrote the first major positive review in the November issue. The poem was without a title when Shelley passed it along to his contemporary and friend, Thomas Love Peacock. The poem ought rather to be considered didactic than narrative: The later summer months were warm and dry.


Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude | poem by Shelley |

The poem was attacked by contemporary critics for its “obscurity”. Shelley is a poet, almost in the very highest sense of that mysterious word. Favour my solemn song, for I have loved But the period arrives when these objects cease to suffice. HOWEVER, copyright law varies in other countries, and the work may still be under copyright in the country from which you are accessing this website. The journey to the very source of nature led, finally, to an immanence aoastor nature’s very structure and to a world free of decay and change.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The Poet rejects an “Arab maiden” in his search for an idealised embodiment of a woman.

Peacock has defined Alastor as “evil genius. Accompanied by a few friends, he visited the source of the Thames, making a voyage in a wherry from Windsor to Crichlade. The work was first published in London in see in poetry under the title Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude: The Cenci Hellas Every sight And sound from the vast earth and ambient air, laastor In Alastor the speaker ostensibly recounts the life of a Poet who zealously pursues the most obscure part of nature in search of “strange truths in undiscovered lands”, journeying to the Caucasus Mountains “the ethereal cliffs of Caucasus”Persia, “Arabie”, Cashmire, and “the wild Carmanian waste”.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Once touched by the maddening hand of the supernatural, the Poet restlessly searches for a reconciliation with his lost vision. In The British Critic for Maythe reviewer sgelley the work as “the madness of a poetic mind. In the Spring ofan eminent physician pronounced that he was dying rapidly of a consumption; abscesses were formed on his lungs, and he suffered acute spasms.

Yet the grey precipice and solemn pine And torrent were not all; — one silent nook Was there. Blasted by his disappointment, he descends to an untimely grave. Lockhart wrote that Shelley is “a man of genius