"Shelley perhaps was sexless"
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1819)
Public DomainPercy Bysshe Shelley (1819) - Credit: Amelia Curran (1775-1847)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) ranks alongside Wordsworth, Keats and Byron as one of the major English Romantic poets.

At this point in the text, the narrator is categorising writers in terms of their  'male', 'female' or 'androgynous' qualities. Shelley is seen as not belonging to any of these categories, but as being, 'perhaps sexless'.

The meaning of this phrase is, of course, open to interpretation.