4 August 1792
PBS, the future poet, was born at Field Place
, near Horsham
in West Sussex
, the eldest of a family of six of whom the others, all but the youngest, were girls.
By 20 March 1821
PBS composed his most famous prose work, A Defence of Poetry
, a poetic credo conceived as an answer to Thomas Love Peacock
's "Four Ages of Poetry".
By 13 July 1821
PBS had Adonais
, his elegy on the death of Keats
, printed at Pisa
. He sent a copy of this edition to John Gisborne
on this date. The poem was printed at London before the end of the year.