Power Subverted and Desired Love Achieved, An Optimistic Look at Shelly’s Poem “England 1819”

Navid Salehi Babamiri


The poem “England 1819” is to be considered as one of the best poems of the romantic poet Shelly, which has to deal with political statements. The poem, as a symbol both to suppress the power in the hands of some and to make people encourage in their life, shows Shelly’s deep feeling toward his people especially ones who have been trapped in the bitter power of Tops, big noses who ruled the England and had the complete authority over the oppressed ones.Thus the poem not only deals with the oppression of government, religion, churches and oppressors but also gives hope to people that by resistance they can abolish it and make a utopian life in their own domain. The present paper sheds light on this despotism through symbols and other literary devices and also demonstrates through the same literary devices that if people want, it will not be impossible for them to overthrow that unjust power.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijl.v8i6.10450

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