Bicentenary of Percy Shelley’s Death in Italy
Friday 8 July 2022, 6.00pm — 8.00pm
8th July 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of Percy Shelley’s death in Italy. The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and Keats-Shelley House in Rome are marking the day with a series of online events.
You can begin the day by listening to acclaimed poet, biographer and Chair of 2022's Keats-Shelley Prizes Fiona Sampson read her favourite Shelley poem, Hymn to Intellectual Beauty for the Keats-Shelley Podcast.
Fiona is best known for her award-winning life of Mary Shelley, but has also edited Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poems for Faber & Faber. A phrase from Shelley’s ‘Hymn’ inspired the title of Fiona’s new book, Starlight Wood, which follows in the footsteps of several Romantic artists, writers and poets (including Shelley) across the 19th century countryside.
Shelley’s death inspired the theme of this year’s Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Poetry Prize: that of Elegy. You can learn more about Shelley’s final days, and also the writing of Adonais, his great elegy for John Keats, at our new Google Earth Map: Around the World in 80 Elegies.
Finally, the Keats-Shelley House in Rome is marking the bicentenary with a series of online events that begin at 6pm GMT today. These include a premiere of The Last Days of Shelley, an immersive video story narrated by Julian Sands, a global read of The Triumph of Life in 15 languages, and a round-table discussion about Shelley’s final days featuring scholars and poets from England and Italy.