Percy Shelley began, and abandoned, a tragedy on Torquato Tasso in 1818.

Both Shelley and Byron were fascinated by Tasso, and Percy and Mary visited Tasso’s cell in Italy together.


This quote shows how Tasso is presented in the only fragmented scene from this drama:

Albano: – Tasso, who as I entered ceased to speak,

But on his form and countenance yet lay plain

The light of his suspended words – his eyes

Inwardly burned, like fire, and seemed to track

Some half created image through the air,

Last of the winged children of his brain,

Ere yet the soft persuasion of his tongue

Had coloured it to intellectual sight.

Longman Shelley, p. 268.


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