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Any percy shelley fans?

val70 · 51-55
Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle—
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
Guitarman123 · 31-35, M
@val70 champion of socialism and was admired by marx
val70 · 51-55
@Guitarman123 That's Eleanor Marx, of course. Well, I like more recent academic writing on the subject matter. Like Paul Cantor's in 2018 and not 1888: "in criticizing the British financial system, Shelley is condemning, not capitalism, but rather a mercantilist survival into the capitalist era, indeed that greatest of all chartered monopolies, the Bank of England. He shows that the alignment of economic forces in the early nineteenth century was not as simply polarized as Marxist and other socialist thought often assumes, and especially that the bourgeoisie did not constitute a homogeneous class with a unified economic interest and hence, in Marxist terms, a unified ideology. Shelley brilliantly analyzes how the old aristocracy in England, in order to maintain its power, played off one part of the middle class against another, effectively splitting the bourgeoisie by giving one element of it reason to support state power. A glance at the legions of middle-class professionals employed by the vast bureaucratic states of today reminds us that Shelley’s analysis is, if anything, more valid in our world. Sometimes poets have something to teach economists." ( https://mises.org/library/shelleys-radicalism-poet-economist )
Guitarman123 · 31-35, M
@val70 a great writing of shelley. Yes Eleanor was certainly an admirer of his, probably as much as her father

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