Alastor: Or, the Spirit of Solitude. Introductory Note. Nondum amabam, et amare amabam, quærebam quid amarem, amans amare. Confess. St. August. Alastor. Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude: Percy Bysshe Shelley: He also wrote Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude, a blank-verse poem, published with shorter poems in. Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude has ratings and 9 reviews. Bookdragon Sean said: Read these lines then tell me that I actually need to write a revi.

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Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude

No trivia or solitudd yet. Critics have spent a great deal of effort attempting to identify the Poet. Not as crazy about Shelley as I am about Keats.

In The British Critic for Maythe reviewer dismissed the work as “the madness of a poetic mind. Published June thee by Kessinger Publishing first published This dream vision serves as a mediator between the natural and supernatural domains by being both spirit and an element of human love.

The journey to the very source of nature led, finally, to an immanence within nature’s very structure and to a world free of decay and change. Shelley is so far off in the ether, it’s hard to pin him down enough to really get something out of it. Knowledge and truth and virtue were her theme, And lofty hopes of divine liberty, Thoughts the most dear to him, and poesy, Herself a poet.


As if it were intended to sound better, and did in the original language, and the translator is prioritizing the literal meaning of the original over style. John Gibson Lockhart of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine wrote the first major positive review in the Alsstor issue.

Alastor: Or, The Spirit Of Solitude Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley – Poem Hunter Comments

Deborah rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Views Read Edit View history. I look forward to diving into Shelley’s works even more. Be the first to ask a question about Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude.

I can’t say I understood much about it, but I can recognize the art behind it. Shelley is a poet, almost in the very highest sense of that mysterious word.

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Once touched by the maddening hand of the supernatural, the Poet restlessly searches for a reconciliation with his lost vision. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

As a first impression, “Alastor” is a beautifully written poem, albeit very difficult to understand as a story. This veiled vision brings with her an intimation of the supernatural world that lies beyond nature.

As the Poet wanders one night, he dreams of a “veiled maid”. The work was first published in London in see in poetry under the title Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude: It is considered to be one of the first of Shelley’s major poems.

Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The poem was without a title when Shelley passed it along to his contemporary and friend, Thomas Love Peacock. Shelley suffered from spasms and there were abscesses in his lungs. Return to Book Page. When the Poet reaches the “obscurest chasm,” his last sight is of the moon.


Mary Shelley, in her note on the work, wrote: He lived, he died, he sung, in solitude. The English translation of the Latin is: Apr 12, Stefano Ottolenghi rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. MB rated it it was amazing Jan 02, This page was last edited on 8 Mayat Brandy Anderson rated it it was amazing Jun 24, In Alastor the speaker ostensibly recounts the life of a Poet who zealously pursues the most obscure part of nature in search of “strange truths in undiscovered lands”, journeying to the Caucasus Mountains “the ethereal cliffs of Caucasus”Persia, “Arabie”, Cashmire, and “the wild Carmanian waste”.

It follows the life of a young poet who searches “in solitude” for the obscurities in nature in order to connect on a deeper level to the world and otherworldly senses.