Rise Like Lions, Ye Are Many, They Are Few: The Life and Poetry of Percy Shelley with Hilary Bockham - Context Travel

Rise Like Lions, Ye Are Many, They Are Few: The Life and Poetry of Percy Shelley with Hilary Bockham


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Join Hilary Bockham to explore the life and times of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Romantic poet. Long known only for his poems about skylarks, clouds, and the west winds, he was in fact, a revolutionary writer. He was expelled from Oxford University for penning the first attack on the Christian religion ever published in English, The Necessity of Atheism. He was just nineteen years old. In this seminar, we will read his poetry and trace his young and reckless life.

Shelley dedicated his brief life to freedom, rebellion, and championing the woefully oppressed British working class. He also wrote beautiful, lyrical, oft-quoted lines such as "Hail to thee blythe spirit” and “Our sweetest songs are those of saddest thought.” As a young married man, his shocking elopement with 16-year-old Mary, daughter of feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft and future writer of Frankenstein sealed his fate as one of society's most shunned and reviled aristocrats. His friendship with Lord Byron won't have helped. On his death, a notable newspaper trumpeted “Shelley, the writer of some infidel poetry, has been drowned. Now he knows whether there is a God or no.”

Led by an expert on art history, Hilary Bockham, this interactive seminar will explore the life and works of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the impact of his life and the beauty of his words.

This conversation is part of a five-part series on the Romantic poets with Hilary Bockham. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a five-week series.

Hilary has been one of our experts for fifteen years. She was born in England, where she studied Art and Literature and began her career there as an art teacher. A few years later she followed her interest in fashion and costume and became an internationally successful fashion designer. She designed costumes for several international dance companies and was a guest lecturer at several UK Design Colleges. For ten years before her arrival in Italy in 2005, she ran her own Exhibition Services company, providing customized services for Art Galleries and Museums throughout Britain. She specializes in Renaissance and Baroque art in Rome.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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I am a retired professor whose specialty is British and American Romantic literature. I have been inspired by Hilary Bockham's lectures on the Romantics, and this one on Shelley is no exception. She is a passionate and knowledgeable scholar. Shelley's short life was a complex one, and Hilary Bockham's presentation was surprisingly thorough given the time limitation. It was a wonderful "refresher" for me. She successfully illuminated her subject matter with her material as well as her obvious admiration for Shelley. As I have with all of her lectures to date, I came away from this one feeling uplifted and a bit closer to the poet!

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I am a retired professor whose specialty is British and American Romantic literature. I have been inspired by Hilary Bockham's lectures on the Romantics, and this one on Shelley is no exception. She is a passionate and knowledgeable scholar. Shelley's short life was a complex one, and Hilary Bockham's presentation was surprisingly thorough given the time limitation. It was a wonderful "refresher" for me. She successfully illuminated her subject matter with her material as well as her obvious admiration for Shelley. As I have with all of her lectures to date, I came away from this one feeling uplifted and a bit closer to the poet!

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