Introduction: the Painted Veil

  • Andrew J. Welburn
Part of the Macmillan Studies in Romanticism book series

Abstract

Perhaps no poem from the mature body of Shelly’s work comes closer to announcing the poet’s central preoccupations – expounding with a directness that is almost programmatic the fundamental movements of mind he sought to articulate in his briefest impassioned lyrics, in his uniquely internalised or ‘lyrical’ drama, and in his sustained, reflective philosophical verse-than does the sonnet written in 1818: ‘Lift not the painted veil’.

Keywords

Lost Verse Mist Ecstasy Prose 

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© Andrew J. Welburn 1986

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