The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Shelley’s Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude

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The world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Shelley’s Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude.

The poet glimpses a vision of beautiful goddess – his ravishing genius – and pursues her eagerly in a journey that crosses the desert, the sea, to end finally in the moonlit-grottos: high up inside a remote mountain range. His goddess – Alastor – leads him on: encouraging him to follow: to meet him again as the poet collapses, exhausted, on the soft moss in the grotto.

  • Is the goddess Alastor inspiring the poet to hasten to his good – or his evil – end?
  • In the poet’s final apotheosis, will he discover that he has been illuminated – or deceived?

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