Historical and Textual influences of Shelley's "Adonais" Analytical Essay by Hepkitty

Historical and Textual influences of Shelley's "Adonais"
Examines the question of considering outside influences when reading into the meaning of a poem, using Shelley's "Adonais" as an example.
# 49352 | 4,152 words | 0 sources | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2004 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines Shelley's poem, "Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats", and discusses whether readers should consider outside influences when reading the poem. The paper debates whether readers should believe that, because Keats's name is not to be found in the poem again, that the poem has nothing to do with Keats, even when Shelley states in his title that it does. The paper examines whether Shelley was influenced by ideas of poets who came before him. It analyzes different stanzas of the poem to search for answers to these questions.

From the Paper:

"By once again failing to say Keats's name in the text of the poem, Shelley continues to allow his readers to open up their minds and think of other people that such an experience may apply to. The above stanza serves to further universalize this experience and directly points out that everybody is susceptible to such a fate because everybody is mortal. By continuing to make this experience applicable to readers, readers are more likely to realize that what happened to Keats could happen to anybody, including themselves, making it more likely that readers will pay attention to what Shelley is saying."

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