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Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts$
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Charles Issawi

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195118131

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118131.001.0001

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Shelley and the Near East

Shelley and the Near East

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(p.43) Three Shelley and the Near East
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Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts
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Charles Issawi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118131.003.0004

The chapter discusses how Shelley, a marvelous lyric poet, writer of famous poems like “Prometheus” and “Ode to the West Wind” looked at foreign culture. He was also a knowledgeable scientist and an accomplished linguist. He was passionately interested in politics, and he was a voracious and insatiable reader. Being very well read in philosophy, history, and politics, his interest in the Near East arose from his passionate Philhellenism. He became an ardent champion of Greek independence. His love and admiration for the ancient Greeks was one of his strongest passions and like many passionate Hellenists, he took a dim view of modern Greeks. He was an opponent of Ottoman rule but his interest extended beyond that and he made many acute observations on India, Persia, Egypt, Syria, Arabia, and proto-Zionism.

Keywords:   Shelley, lyric poet, foreign culture, Philhellenism, Ottoman, Greece

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