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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However, it is a good sign that I have gotten such a lovely impression right off the bat.

Read these lines then tell me that I actually need to write a review to go alongside this rating! I am not a huge fan of poetry, and Shelley’s poetry is too complicated, but one can see the complicated notions spirut the poet’s mind in this poem.

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. The boat flows onward to an “immeasurable void” and the Poet finds himself ready to sink into the supernatural world and break through the threshold into death. The poem is lines long. Alastot follows the life of a young poet who searches “in solitude” for the obscurities in nature in order to connect on a deeper level to the world and otherworldly senses.

Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Feb 10, Brandy Anderson rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Books by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Alastor: Or, The Spirit Of Solitude Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley – Poem Hunter Comments

The English translation of the Latin is: Views Read Edit View history. To ask other readers questions about Alastor or the Spirit of Solitudeplease sign up. That’s fine and good for poetry that really is translated- you can read multiple translations to get both the original intent and the poetic flair through a composite you create- but given that this is the original English, it’s a little disappointing.


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”.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Vasilis Mantiell rated it it was amazing Oct 07, In a review in The Monthly Review for Aprilthe critic wrote: View all 4 comments. This dream vision serves as a mediator between the natural and supernatural domains by being both spirit and an element of human love. The poem was without a title when Shelley passed it along to his contemporary and friend, Thomas Love Peacock. Famous for his association with his contemporaries John Keats and Lord Byron, he was also married to novelist Mary Shelley.

Dec 30, Maria rated it it was ok. Deborah rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Shelley is a poet, almost in the very highest sense of that mysterious word. Like the water’s surface supports the boat, the supernatural world “cradles” the mutability both of nature and of man.

Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Anyway, always fun to encounter the word “wildered.

Return to Book Page. Rhythm is plodding, langu Percy’s always struck me as an irredeemable asshole, and it’s hard to divorce that perception of him from my perception of the poem, I admit.

Passively, he sits in the boat furiously being driven down the river by a alaetor wave.

The journey to the very source of nature led, finally, to an immanence within nature’s very structure and to a world free of decay and change.

However, I agree for the most part- I am swept away by the color and depth of Shelley’s masterful words, but where is he taking me? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I look forward to diving into Shelley’s works even more. He reared his shuddering limbs and quelled His gasping breath, and spread his arms to meet Her panting bosom Having studied his wife’s famous Frankenstein in last year’s AP English class and having read alastof much of his contemporaries’ works, I wanted to see how well his poetry stacked up, so to say.


Literary Encyclopedia | Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude

This page was last edited on 8 Mayat Retrieved from ” https: 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.

It is considered to be one of the first of Shelley’s major poems. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. John Gibson Lockhart of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine wrote the first major positive review in the November issue.

As his senses are literally dulled, his imagination helps him sense the spirit’s supernatural presence. Josefk rated it liked it Dec 15, No trivia or quizzes yet. Carl Savich rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Dec 06, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Trivia About Alastor or the Sp As the Poet wanders one night, he dreams of a “veiled maid”.

Refresh and try again. As a first impression, “Alastor” is a beautifully written poem, albeit very difficult to understand as a story. Soon, I’ll probably read it again and see what it’s actually slirit.

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