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The poem "Adonais" by Percy Bysshe Shelley is an elegy written upon the death of John Keats, a fellow Romantic poet who died of tuberculosis when he was twenty-five years old. The theme of the poem, however, is not that poverty and lack of medical technology lead to the spread of infectious diseases (and thus cause the deaths of people like Keats), but rather an elevated notion of the role of the poet in society and the conflict between the poet as solitary genius and the society and critics who fail to understand and appreciate the poet.
"Adonais" begins as a conventional pastoral elegy, in which readers are urged:
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