Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded as among the finest lyric poets
Lyric poetry
Lyric poetry is a genre of poetry that expresses personal and emotional feelings. In the ancient world, lyric poems were those which were sung to the lyre. Lyric poems do not have to rhyme, and today do not need to be set to music or a beat...

 in the English language
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

. Shelley was famous for his association with John Keats
John Keats
John Keats was an English Romantic poet. Along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, he was one of the key figures in the second generation of the Romantic movement, despite the fact that his work had been in publication for only four years before his death.Although his poems were not...

 and Lord Byron. The novelist Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus . She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley...

 was his second wife.

He is most famous for such classic anthology
An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts...

 verse works as Ozymandias
"Ozymandias" is a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in 1818 in the January 11 issue of The Examiner in London. It is frequently anthologised and is probably Shelley's most famous short poem...

, Ode to the West Wind
Ode to the West Wind
Ode to the West Wind is an ode written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1819 near Florence, Italy. It was published in 1820 by Charles and James Ollier in London as part of the Prometheus Unbound, A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts, With Other Poems collection...

, To a Skylark
To a Skylark
Percy Bysshe Shelley completed the poem "To a Skylark" in late June, 1820, and forwarded it to London to be included among the verse accompanying Prometheus Unbound published by Charles and James Collier in London....

, Music, When Soft Voices Die, The Cloud
The Cloud (poem)
The Cloud is a major 1820 poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. "The Cloud" was written during late 1819 or early 1820 and submitted for publication on July 12, 1820. The work was published in the 1820 collection Prometheus Unbound, A Lyrical Drama, in Four Acts, With Other Poems by Charles and...

and The Masque of Anarchy
The Masque of Anarchy
The Mask of Anarchy is a political poem written in 1819 by Percy Bysshe Shelley following the Peterloo Massacre of that year...

, which are among the most popular and critically acclaimed poems in the English language.

You would not easily guessAll the modes of distressWhich torture the tenants of earth;And the various evils,Which like so many devils,Attend the poor souls from their birth.

"Verses On A Cat" St. 2 (1800) as published in Life of Shelley (1858) by Thomas Jefferson Hogg|Thomas Jefferson Hogg

Cease, cease, wayward Mortal! I dare not unveilThe shadows that float o’er Eternity’s vale;Nought waits for the good but a spirit of Love,That will hail their blest advent to regions above.For Love, Mortal, gleams through the gloom of my sway,And the shades which surround me fly fast at its ray.

"Death" in an untitled dialogue (1809); published in Life of Shelley (1858) by Thomas Jefferson Hogg|Thomas Jefferson Hogg

Dar’st thou amid the varied To live alone, an isolated thing?

"The Solitary" (1810) st. 1

Not the swart Pariah in some Indian grove,Lone, lean, and hunted by his brother’s hate,Hath drunk so deep the cup of bitter fateAs that poor wretch who cannot, cannot love:He bears a load which nothing can remove,A killing, withering weight.

"The Solitary" (1810) st. 2

Sweet the rose which lives in Heaven,Although on earth ’tis planted,Where its honours blow,While by earth’s slaves the leaves are rivenWhich die the while they glow.

Untitled (1810); titled "Love's Rose" by William Michael Rossetti|William Michael Rossetti in Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1870)

Age cannot Love destroy,But perfidy can blast the flower,Even when in most unwary hourIt blooms in Fancy’s bower.Age cannot Love destroy,But perfidy can rend the shrineIn which its vermeil splendours shine.

Untitled (1810); titled "Love's Rose" by William Michael Rossetti in Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1870)

Here I swear, and as I break my oath may Infinity Eternity blast me, here I swear that never will I forgive Christianity! It is the only point on which I allow myself to encourage revenge... Oh, how I wish I were the Antichrist, that it were mine to crush the Demon, to hurl him to his native Hell never to rise again — I expect to gratify some of this insatiable feeling in Poetry.

Letter to Thomas Jefferson Hogg|Thomas Jefferson Hogg (1811-01-03)

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on wh. we trample are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.

Letter to Thomas Jefferson Hogg (1811-01-03)

GOVERNMENT has no rights; it is a delegation from several individuals for the purpose of securing their own. It is therefore just, only so far as it exists by their consent, useful only so far as it operates to their well-being.

"Declaration of Rights" (1812), article 1

No man has a right to disturb the public peace, by personally resisting the execution of a law however bad. He ought to acquiesce, using at the same time the utmost powers of his reason, to promote its repeal.

"Declaration of Rights" (1812), article 9