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Percy Bysshe Shelley
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"Ah, did you once see Shelley plain,
And did he stop and speak to you?
And did you speak to him again?
How strange it seems, and new!

But you were living before that,
And you are living after,
And the memory I started at--
My starting moves your laughter!

I crossed a moor, with a name of its own
And a certain use in the world no doubt,
Yet a hand's-breadth of it shines alone
'Mid the blank miles round about:

For there I picked up on the heather
And there I put inside my breast
A moulted feather, an eagle-feather--
Well, I forget the rest."
- Robert Browning Poem: "Memorabilia"
 
"Shall I glutton here with Keats?
Shall I drink with Shelley? "
- Robert Graves from the poem "Sorley's Weather"
 
"A beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain."
- Matthew Arnold Essays in Criticism, Second Series, 'Byron'