Tomb of Mary Shelley.
Shelley's ashes were
stored for several months in the British Consul's wine cellar in Rome
before eventually being buried in the Protestant Cemetery.
Mary Shelley died in 1851 her husband's heart was found amongst her belongings. It was
apparently wrapped in one of the sheets of Adonais -
Shelley's famous elegy to Keats.
Shelley's first wife, Harriet Westbrook, drowned herself in the
Serpentine in 1816. In 1818 Shelley left England permanently with Mary
and settled in Italy - where many of his famous poems were written.
Political news from England inspired him to write
The Mask of
Anarchy and Sonnet: England 1819.
Throughout his life
Shelley remained a troubled and rebellious individual. He wrote some sublime
lyrical poetry - though some of it is marred by excessive abstraction.
However, he was undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent romantic poets.
There is also a monument to Shelley by Henry Weekes in
Christchurch Priory, Dorset.
terza rima and 'Poets on Poetry'.