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Aeschylus to Shelley: The Unchaining of Prometheus

The great english poet and dramatist Percy Shelley once famously wrote that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world” in reference to the role of the Promethean quality of creative reason that has opened up new vistas of potential when all roads appeared dead ends to the masses and uncreative elites. Was Shelley bombastic in maintaining this thesis or does evidence of humanity’s creative evolution validate his ideas to be true?

In this Rising Tide Foundation presentation delivered by poet and activist Daniel Leach, this question is explored by reviewing Shelley’s treatment of a theme first developed by the Ancient Greek poet statesman Aeschylus over 2000 years earlier featuring the figure of Prometheus who defied the edicts of Zeus and gave fire to humankind. Daniel additionally addresses many popular slanders that have painted Shelley as a diletant and atheist without any regard for the evidence of either his published writings, or life’s work as a historic individual engaged in the highest degree of cultural warfare within the heart of the British Empire.

Speaker Bio: Daniel Leach is a poet living in Houston, Texas who has spent much of his life fighting for the ideals of classical culture and poetry. His works have been been published on The Chained Muse, Imaginative Conservative, Society of Classical Poets and his volume of poetry, compiling over 20 years of composition is entitled “Voices on the Wind.”

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