"Shelley liked to test the inspirational qualities of various foods, and once badly poisoned himself by eating laurel leaves. Laurel is the garland of the poets, and also contains prussic acid. He also liked to lick tree sap.”
—Andrew McConnell Stott on the strange diets of the Romantic Poets

"Shelley liked to test the inspirational qualities of various foods, and once badly poisoned himself by eating laurel leaves. Laurel is the garland of the poets, and also contains prussic acid. He also liked to lick tree sap.

—Andrew McConnell Stott on the strange diets of the Romantic Poets