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The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial
The Shelley Memorial

Photo credit: University College, University of Oxford

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Percey Bysshe Shelley joined University College in 1810. He was expelled after he published a pamphlet supporting atheism. The monument, which commemorated the centenary of the birth of the poet, was originally intended for the Protestant Cemetery in Rome. The figure of the drowned poet is represented lying, with long haired head fallen back, on his left side, with right arm over his left.

University College, University of Oxford



The Shelley Memorial





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signed and dated: Onslow Ford, 1892

Inscription description

inscribed: Shelley, In darkness and in light is made one with Nature, there is heard his Voice in all her Music from the Moan if Thunder to the Song of Night's Sweet bird. He is a presence to be felt and known.


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University College, University of Oxford

Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4BH England

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