The masque of anarchy or the mask of anarchy is a british political poem written in 1819 see 1819 in poetry by percy bysshe shelley following the peterloo massacre of that year in his call for freedom it is perhaps the first modern statement of the principle of nonviolent resistance. 7 and many more destructions played in this ghastly masquerade all disguised even to the eyes like bishops lawyers peers or spies 8 last came anarchy he rode 30 on a white horse splashed with blood he was pale even to the lips like death in the apocalypse. The mask of anarchy written on the occasion of the massacre at manchester by percy bysshe shelley as i lay asleep in italy there came a voice from over the sea and with great power it forth led me to walk in the visions of poesy. The mask of anarchy updated edition the destruction of liberia and the religious dimension of an african civil war revised updated edition by stephen ellis author visit amazons stephen ellis page find all the books read about the author and more see search results for this . The mask of anarchy is an ethical conundrum it was inspired by the peterloo massacre on the 16 th august 1819 tens of thousands of protestors gathered in st peters fields near manchester to demand parliamentary reform but were charged by the sabre wielding cavalry
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