Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It must be Shelley (2)

My first post on Shelley was about Shelley's essays relevant to atheism, on the web and on my own site. I uploaded all the essays I needed to since then; here is the roster:

“There Is No God” (1813) by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“I Will Beget a Son” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Necessity! Thou Mother of the World!”

A Fragment of A Refutation of Deism

[A Refutation of the Christian Religion] (1814?)

A Fragment on Miracles (1813-1815)

Essay on the Devil and Devils

On Polytheism (1819?)

Religious issues are found in Shelley's poetry as well, readily available on the web. Shelley's first long poem, Queen Mab, got him into trouble. Here it is:

Queen Mab, A Philosophical Poem (1813)

Here is the Wikipedia entry:

Queen Mab (poem)

A collection of outstanding Shelley quotations can be found on:

Positive Atheism's Big List of Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotations

Note also these appreciations:

Shelley's Atheism by G. W. Foote (August 4, 1892)

Shelley: Angelic Atheist by Gary Sloan (October 13, 2003). Also published in Eclectica Magazine, vol. 7, no. 3, Jul/Aug 2003.

And for an interesting contextualization, see:

Baulch, David M. Review: "Martin Priestman, Romantic Atheism: Poetry and Freethought, 1780-1830." Romanticism On the Net 21 (February 2001).

Shelley also inspired an atheist conference in India:

The Necessity of Atheism: Impressions from the 6th World Atheist Conference
at Atheist Center in Vijayawada, India). Report of 23 April 2007.

Here is a page of useful resources:

VoS: Percy Bysshe Shelley

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