Percy Shelley - One. Angry. Poet.

Facing Reality 4 Social Justice

01-05-2024 • 14 mins

Percy Shelley, one of Britain's greatest poets, was tremendously affected by the events of 1819 when the British army and local militia attacked a peaceful demonstration of working people at St. Peter's Field in Manchester. 18 died and hundreds were wounded. This event was called the Peterloo Massacre - a nod to the army helping to defeat Napoleon at Waterloo four years earlier.

Shelley was already a critic of British politics but this event heightened his disgust. The four short poems used in this episode show the extent to which his criticism of British government became revolutionary.

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