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How far has Shelley followed the conventions of the pastoral elegy in "Adonais"?plz...
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Like most romantics working in tradtional poetic forms, Shelley reaches outside the usual conventions in some areas. First, the range of emotions is expanded; Shelley uses ejaculations and intense imagery to reveal his passions, whereas poets within the neo-classical tradition maintained an even, sombre tone, as Thomas Gray does in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. Second, Shelley works in his own agenda, touching on personal and political issues that have little to do with Keats, the subject of his mourning. Nevertheless, Shelley uses a tight stanzaic form, evokes classical figures, touches on universal themes such as love and death, personifies inanimate elements, and sustains lofty diction throughout.
Posted by dukesnyder1027 on September 24, 2011 at 1:35 AM (Answer #1)
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