“Is public virtue dead?”: Shelley’s “Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things”

  By John Frederick Kaufman What better poem to turn to than one recently discovered in England, a poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1811 when he was just 18 and a student at Oxford University. No copy of the poem existed in the public realm until this month, when Oxford’s Bodleian Library made it available online. The… Read More “Is public virtue dead?”: Shelley’s “Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things”