VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Shelley was born into a substantial Sussex family and educated at Eton and Oxford, being expelled from the latter because of an atheistic pamphlet. His life was complex and turbulent, with an early marriage to Harriet Westbrook, whom he subsequently abandoned for Mary Godwin, the daughter of William Godwin and his first wife, Mary Wallstonecraft. After Harriet's suicide in 1816, Shelley and Mary were married. Shelley was a distinguished translator as well as a great lyric and dramatic poet. He drowned when his yacht Ariel foundered in a storm off the Italian coast. His body, washed ashore after a week, was cremated in the presence of Byron and Leigh Hunt.