Light, Joy, Music, Wind…do you feel it?

For this week’s blog post (11/1), do a close reading of either one of the two passages below from Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound:

In Act III, scene iv, lines 98-129 (p. 1196), explain the “Spirit of the Hour’s” vision of the Pantheon temple at Rome.  What are these “Phidian forms” and what do they tell us about history, ruination, and apocalyptic end times? Explain.


In Act IV, lines 554-578 (p. 1214), does “empire” denote a positive or negative vision of world-transformation? How does the difference between capitalized and uncapitalized “Empire/empire” alter the celebratory ending of this play, if at all? Explain.

Think about the social context in which Shelley wrote Prometheus Unbound:

File:Joseph Severn - Posthumous Portrait of Shelley Writing Prometheus Unbound 1845.jpg

Joseph Stevern, Posthumous Portrait of Shelley Writing Prometheus Unbound, oil on canvas. Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Rome, Italy. 1845.
An image of Pantheon in Rome, Italy. Image taken by Martin Olsson (mnemo on wikipedia and commons,, 2nd of May 2005. This image is published on Wikipedia Commons by Martin Olsson under the GFDL license.
                                                              The interior of the Pantheon (Roma) in the 18th century, by Giovanni Paolo Panini.

~ by hgarcia13 on October 29, 2012.

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