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Shelley and Scripture: The Interpreting Angel

Bryan Shelley


This book is a study of the use by the poet Shelley, conventionally regarded as atheist, of ideas and imagery from the Scriptures in expressing his world view. Assessing Shelley's poetic theory and practice in relation to the Gnostic heresies of the early church period and the Enlightenment critiques of Scripture, the book shows the poet's method of biblical interpretation to be heterodox and revisionist. Shelley's early appropriation of Scriptural elements is seen to be based on the Bible's ethical content and its ideals of the kingdom of heaven, while in the period 1818–20 he is a prophet in ... More

Keywords: Shelley, Scriptures, Enlightenment critiques, biblical, Bible

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan Shelley, author
Campbell University, North Carolina