Lost Shelley poem to be displayed at Oxford University

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2015-11-13 16:37:24

A lost poem by Shelley is to go on public display for the first time at Oxford University.

All copies of the radical poem were thought to have been destroyed after the young poet was kicked out of the University for refusing to deny that he wrote the controversial pamphlet 'The Necessity of Atheism'.

Shelley had in fact given a copy of the poem to his cousin Pilfold Medwin and was rediscovered in 2006 by an enthusiast who has until now kept it's contents closely guarded.

The 172 line poem 'Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things' will now be displayed at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. 

 


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