Context of "The Indian Serenade"
“The Indian Serenade” was first published in 1822 as the "Song written for an "Indian Air" but was republished by Mary Shelley in 1824 after Percy Shelley's death as "Lines to an Indian Air". The poem was published in the second issue of “The Liberal” on the 1st of January 1823. This issue contained "Song, Written for an Indian Air" by P.B. Shelley and "A Tale of the Passions, or, the Death of Despina" by Mary Shelley. The poem is currently included in the Harvard manuscript book and is recognised all around the world, for its lyrical language which is one of Shelley's simplest yet most beautiful poems. "The Indian Serenade" tells a story about a lover who awakens from their dreams, walks over to their chamber window and is overcome by emotion, particularly love that they collapse. The Indian Serenade explores wether love can be dangerous and the peaceful relationships humans can have with naure