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Percy Bysshe Shelley was an Earth poet. He wrote, "All spirits are enslaved that serve things evil".

Captain Jean-Luc Picard quoted this line in a conversation with Armus. Picard's point was that to do the bidding of Armus would enslave the crew of the USS Enterprise-D. Armus took the quote literally and argued that he wasn't a servant of evil, he was evil itself. (TNG: "Skin of Evil")

The poet is not referred to by name in the episode other than as "a great poet". Picard is quoting from the poem Prometheus Bound, line 110. A more complete article on the poet can be read at Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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