Chronology of World, British and American Literature
Percy Bysshe Shelley. British. 1820. Poetry. “The Sensitive Plant.” A plant’s love for its lady gardener and its demise with the death of the lady.
Percy Bysshe Shelley. British. 1820. Poetry. “Ode to the West Wind.” Wild, strong wind of autumn—as he once was: “timeless, swift and proud.”
Heinrich von Kleist. German. 1821. Play. Prinz Friedrich von Homburg. Hero acts on a dream. In his eagerness, he is insubordinate and is condemned to death. He accepts the sentence. Pardoned, his dream comes true. He marries the ruler’s niece.
Percy Bysshe Shelley. British. 1821. Poetry. “Epipsychidion.” Addressed to Emilia Viviani, the embodiment of the ideal love and beauty that Shelley constantly sought.
Percy Bysshe Shelley. British. 1821. Poetry. “Adonais.” Allusion to mourning for Adonis. One of the greatest elegies in the English language.