Tendencies of Escapism in the Poetry of P. B. Shelley and Their Relevance: An Analytical Study
Shelley is a pure romanticist. His poetry has all the representative features of romanticism – an escape from the real and matter-of-fact world into the remote or the regions of fantasy, rejection of the present and a craving for a past golden age or a dim future Utopia, love for change or revolution, love for liberty, equality and fraternity, emotional fervour, freedom from the shackles of tradition, love for Nature and rejection of urbanity and artificiality, simplicity of diction and spontaneity.
The paper aims to trace and probe the objective and subjective aspects of escapist tendencies evidenced in Shelley’s poetry and their relevance in today’s world. It also explores the romantic trends applied in Shelley’s poetry.
In addition, while discussing Shelley’s concepts of life in the better interests of humanity, the paper attempts to examine dominating influences on Shelley, his pangs and sorrows of life that brilliantly shaped his poetic expressions. The findings in the paper assume greater significance.