Alastor: Or, the Spirit of Solitude. Introductory Note. Nondum amabam, et amare amabam, quærebam quid amarem, amans amare. Confess. St. August. Alastor. 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. Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude has ratings and 9 reviews. Bookdragon Sean said: Read these lines then tell me that I actually need to write a revi.

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We should be utterly at a loss to convey any distinct idea of the plan or purpose of the poem. I can’t say that I know. Open Preview See a Problem? The English translation of the Latin is: Ruminating on thoughts of death as the possible next step beyond dream to the supernatural world he tasted, the Poet notices a small boat “little od floating down a nearby river.

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He reared his shuddering limbs and quelled His gasping breath, and spread his arms to meet Her panting bosom Retrieved from ” https: Hopefully Mont Blanc will turn the tide for me on PB. Having studied his wife’s famous Frankenstein in last year’s AP English class and solotude read so much of his contemporaries’ works, I wanted to see how well his poetry stacked up, so to say.


His strong heart sunk lr sickened with excess Of love. He made a full recovery but the shock of imminent death is reflected in the work. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I had the house to myself this afternoon, so I read this so loud that the neighbors probably heard it. Josefk rated it liked it Dec 15, Apr 12, Stefano Ottolenghi rated it liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude

As his senses are literally dulled, his imagination helps him sense the spirit’s supernatural presence. Christy M rated it it was amazing Aug alastog, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Jun 27, Annie rated it it was ok. Rosie rated it really liked it Sep 16, The poem is lines long.

Shelley, “Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude” — Preface

Reviews were initially negative when Alastor was published in Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As that image fades from the Poet’s mind, he has finally attained transcendence to the supernatural world.

Sudden she rose, As if her heart impatiently endured Its bursting burthen: It took me promptly thirty seconds to forget every line, they were so unmemorable.


Luke rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Strangers have wept to hear his passionate notes, And virgins, as unknown he passed, have pined And wasted for fond love of his wild eyes.

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The poem was attacked by contemporary critics for its “obscurity”. Shelley suffered from spasms and there were abscesses in his lungs. Her voice was off the voice of his own soul Heard in the calm of thought; its music long, Like woven sounds of streams and breezes, held His inmost sense spirkt in its web Of many-coloured woof and shifting hues. Mary Shelley noted that the work “was the outpouring of his own emotions, embodied in the purest form he could conceive, painted in the ideal hues which his brilliant imagination inspired, and softened by the recent anticipation of death.

Dec 01, Giulia rated it liked it Shelves: Books by Percy Bysshe Shelley.