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Shelly’s Metaphorical Defense of Poetry
In his critical essay “A Defense of Poetry,” Percy Bysshe Shelly argues not merely the necessity of poets and poetry in society but also the poet’s level of influence as superceding all other societal voices. Poets, he claims, are “the unacknowledged legislators of the World.” The claim is perhaps most strongly warranted by his assertions on how poetry influences society—that the poet’s “eternal truths” resonate across generations, influencing successive ages with an ever-present and timeless voice. He proposes that the voice with the greatest resilience against the decay of time belongs to the poet, whose influence on humankind is not only greater than all others but is also infinite. For time’s degradations which all things are heir to, affects not the poet’s words. It is this insurmountable longevity of the poet’s influence that grants him supremacy. Of time, Shelly says: let it “be challenged to declare whether the fame of any other institutor of human life be comparable to that of a poet.” He also says that time “augments [. . .] and forever develops new and wonderful applications of the eternal truth [poetry] contains.” Supplementing these arguments, the poet’s supremacy is thoroughly represented and demonstrated within the tightly constructed and lucid metaphor of Shelley’s poem, “Ozymandias,” which tests the influence of that of kings and that of the poet against the weathering of time.
Ultimately, it is the “unacknowledged” speaker whose expression trumps all, as can be understood through the speaker’s wit. In the poem, it is the written word that is on the pedestal, a touch of the poet that proclaims the immortal supremacy of words. This idea Shelly also states in “A Defense of Poetry”: “a single word even may be a spark of inextinguishable thought —and, of course, the poet who peerlessly wields them”.