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[shel-ee] /ˈʃɛl i/
Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin)
[woo l-stuh n-kraft,, -krahft] /ˈwʊl stənˌkræft,, -ˌkrɑft/ (Show IPA),
1797–1851, English author (wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley).
Percy Bysshe
[bish] /bɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
1792–1822, English poet.
a male or female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Shelley answered, with his peculiarly pensive air, “They are upon the hedge.”

    Shelley at Oxford Thomas Jefferson Hogg
  • I walked out on this terrace, where Shelley used to listen to Jane's singing.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • It is often sought to deepen our sense of this tragedy by speculating on what Shelley would have done if he had lived.

    Shelley Sydney Waterlow
  • There is not a hint of it in the letters of Shelley or Keats.

  • Shelley now proceeds boldly to declare that the state which we call death is to be preferred to that which we call life.

    Adonais Shelley
British Dictionary definitions for Shelley


Mary (Wollstonecraft) (ˈwʊlstənˌkrɑːft). 1797–1851, British writer; author of Frankenstein (1818); the daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe (bɪʃ). 1792–1822, British romantic poet. His works include Queen Mab (1813), Prometheus Unbound (1820), and The Triumph of Life (1824). He wrote an elegy on the death of Keats, Adonais (1821), and shorter lyrics, including the odes "To the West Wind" and "To a Skylark" (both 1820). He was drowned in the Ligurian Sea while sailing from Leghorn to La Spezia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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