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"Cor Cordium" und weitere Werke von Courtney Blazon

"Cor Cordium"
22 x 30 inch (w x h)
Pen Marker and Pastel on Paper

Percy Bysshe Shelley is widely considered one of the finest poets in the English language.
Born in 1792 in West Sussex, England, Shelley was a fervent idealist, and strong advocate for non-violence and social justice, as well as vegetarianism. His radicalism and outspoken beliefs made him an inspiration to several generations of poets and intellectuals.
In 1814, Shelley abandoned his pregnant wife, Harriet, and ran away to Switzerland with 16-year-old Mary Godwin. In the tumultuous summer of 1816, on a second trip to Switzerland, Percy and Mary (along with Claire Clairmont) rented accommodations near Lord Byron, on Lake Geneva. The close-knit group would often socialize together.
After Harriet’s suicide, in December 1816, Shelley married Mary Godwin. In 1818, forced to flee England to escape creditors, they moved to Italy, living in various cities while enjoying considerable intellectual and political freedom. It was there that Shelley completed his masterpiece, Prometheus Unbound, as well as his Elegy on the Death of Keats.
Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, was the subject of Shelley’s 1816 poem of the same name. Written after an outing with Mary Godwin and Claire Clairmont, the poem contrasts the power of nature with the power of human thought.
Shelley’s fascination with volcanoes is evident from this report after his ascent Mount Vesuvius, south of Naples, Italy: “Vesuvius is, after the Glaciers, the most impressive exhibition of the energies of nature I ever saw. On the summit stands a cone from which roll forth columns of black bituminous vapor, and fountains of red and radiant liquid fire.”
In July 1822, at the age of 29, Shelly was sailing in the Gulf of La Spezia (also called the Bay of Poets) when a sudden storm swamped his boat, the Don Juan, and it sank. Shelley and two shipmates drowned. His on-board library was lost.
Shelley’s body washed up on shore days later; his remains were cremated there. His ashes are interred in Rome, where his tombstone bears the Latin inscription “Cor Cordium” , and a quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
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