Today is the day we mark the passing of the renowned romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who left this world on July 8, 1882.
Husband to the author Mary Shelley, friend and companion to both Byron and Keats, influence on, and idol to, generations of writers and thinkers (among them Thoreau, Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw, and Upton Sinclair), Shelley casts a long shadow across our worlds of letters, our realms of thought, and our rich creative history.
Eminently quotable, I have noted him today as to afford myself the opportunity to share what I consider to be one of the more lovely quotes incorporating wine I’ve ever read. Before that though, my absolute favorite quote from Shelley:
Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
Just utterly beautiful, and so, so true.
And as to wine:
I have drunken deep of joy, and I will taste no other wine tonight.
Wine as joy. Perfect.