The Major Works

The Major Works Percy Bysshe Shelley was a Romantic poet of radical imaginings living in an age of change His tempestuous life and friendship with Byron and his tragically early death at times threatened

  • Title: The Major Works
  • Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley Zachary Leader Michael O'Neill
  • ISBN: 9780199538973
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 1822 was a Romantic poet of radical imaginings, living in an age of change His tempestuous life and friendship with Byron, and his tragically early death, at times threatened to overwhelm his legacy as a poet, but today his standing as one of the foremost English authors is assured This freshly edited collection the fullest one volume selectPercy Bysshe Shelley 1792 1822 was a Romantic poet of radical imaginings, living in an age of change His tempestuous life and friendship with Byron, and his tragically early death, at times threatened to overwhelm his legacy as a poet, but today his standing as one of the foremost English authors is assured This freshly edited collection the fullest one volume selection in English includes all but one of the longer poems, from Queen Mab onwards, in their entirety Only Laon and Cythna is excerpted, in a generous selection As well as works such as Prometheus Unbound, The Mask of Anarchy, and Adonais, the volume includes a wide range of Shelley s shorter poems and much of his major prose, including A Defence of Poetry and almost all of A Philosophical View of Reform Shelley emerges from these pages as a passionate and eloquent opponent of tyranny and a champion of human possibility.

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    1. The Writings of Percy Shelley22 April 2013 Okay, this is more a collection of his works compiled by somebody else, and many of these works did not actually see the light of day until long after Shelley died, however this particular book does give you a very broad scope of the poems, and a couple of prose essays, of Percy Shelley. Mind you, I began reading this book while I was in London because I felt that being in that marvellous city I should immerse myself in the literature that was produced [...]

    2. Shelley often gets overlooked because of his more famous social set, but the man who is immortalized as a drowned sailor at Oxford wrote in my opinion the most technically rich and innovative poetry of the Romantic era. Like all Romantics, Shelley is verbose, but look beyond "Mutability" to find lyrical experimentation juxtaposed with complex philosophical arguments.

    3. I gave this a three-star rating because this edition does not give a good understanding of Shelley's publishing history. While it does include all of the 'major works', it is not the best edition I would recommend for a Shelley enthusiast, especially as the Oxford editions, while pretty, are not very well constructed for exhaustive reading (in which case the paperback becomes very worn and tattered and thereby loses its chief benefit, which was looking pretty).

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