"as Shelley wrote of himself in the Preface to Julian and Maddalo"

Percy Bysshe Shelley
Public DomainPercy Bysshe Shelley - Credit: Amelia Curran
 Julian and Maddalo is a poem by Shelley whose full title is 'Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation'. Published in 1824, it consists of a lengthy dialogue between Julian (representing Shelley himself) and Count Maddalo (representing Byron) in which various issues relating to religious belief, free will, and progress are debated.