Basisprojekt 1 (BP1) - Percy B. Shelley

Anders Leon Nordkap, Asger Wollmer Nielsen, Louise Victoria Hagedorn Tonnesen & Jens Christian Borup Jensen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This project consists of an analysis of Percy B. Shelley’s theory of imagination as presented in his work, A Defence of Poetry from 1840, in which he presents his thesis that humankind needs poetry in order to widen its spiritual horizon and bring forth change to the world. Shelley’s idea of ‘poetry’ contains numerous definitions of its meaning and its creators, arguing that even a small sentence of prose in a larger context can serve as poetry through the poet’s perspective. Hence both philosophers, politicians and lawyers etc. can produce words of poetic value, yet only through usage of the imagination can one aspire to determine this said value. The project includes parts of John Dewey’s theory of experience from his work, Art as Experience from 1934, where he makes a kind of further development of Shelley’s thesis and argues that true aesthetic experience occurs through one’s abillity to imagine new composition to familiar objects and phenomenons. By combining these two somewhat coherent understandings of the imagination, we have sought to illuminate whether Shelley’s ideas are still relevant in today’s society. This exemplified through an analysis of Jeremy Corbyn’s unexpected victory in the 2017 British general election.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2017
VejledereMartin Ejsing Christensen


  • Shelley
  • Forestillingsevne
  • Romantik
  • Poesi
  • Dewey