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How far has Shelley followed the conventions of the pastoral elegy in "Adonais"?plz...

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reej | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 23, 2011 at 9:40 PM via web

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How far has Shelley followed the conventions of the pastoral elegy in "Adonais"?

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dukesnyder1027 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:35 AM (Answer #1)

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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.

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