What was Percy Shel­ley’s first poem?

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The ear­li­est known poem by the Ro­man­tic poet Percy Bysshe Shel­ley was penned around 1803-05, when he was aged be­tween 11 and 13, and sur­vived only be­cause it was later tran­scribed by his sis­ter. His cho­sen topic was a hun­gry cat, and he charm­ingly ex­plained to his read­ers: “Good folks I must faith­fully tell ye / As I am a sin­ner / It wants for some din­ner / To stuff out its own lit­tle belly”. He didn’t be­gin his se­ri­ous writ­ing ca­reer for an­other decade, with the nine-canto philo­soph­i­cal poem Queen Mab, pub­lished in 1813.

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