The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

by Donald H. Reiman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801861195

ISBN-13: 9780801861192

Pub. Date: 12/14/1999

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

A milestone in literary scholarship, the publication of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley makes available for the first time critically edited clear texts of all poems and translations that Shelley published or circulated among friends, as well as diplomatic texts of his significant incomplete poetic drafts and

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A milestone in literary scholarship, the publication of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley makes available for the first time critically edited clear texts of all poems and translations that Shelley published or circulated among friends, as well as diplomatic texts of his significant incomplete poetic drafts and fragments. Edited upon historical principles by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat, the multi volume edition will offer more poems and fragments than any previous collective edition, arranged in the order of their first circulation. These texts are followed by the most extensive collations hitherto available and detailed commentaries that describe their contextual origins and subsequent reception. Rejected passages of released poems appear as supplements to those poems, while other poetic drafts that Shelley rejected or left incomplete at his death will be grouped according to either their publication histories or the notebooks in which they survive.

Volume One includes Shelley's first four works containing poetry (all prepared for publication before his expulsion from Oxford), as well as "The Devil's Walk" (circulated in August 1812), and a series of short poems that he sent to friends between 1809 and 1814, including a bawdy satire on his parents and "Oh wretched mortal," a poem never before published. An appendix discusses poems lost or erroneously attributed to the young Shelley.

"These early poems are important not only biographically but also aesthetically, for they provide detailed evidence of how Shelley went about learning his craft as a poet, and the differences between their tone and that of his mature short poetry index a radical change in his self-image... The poems in Volume I, then, demonstrate Shelley's capacity to write verse in a range of stylistic registers. This early verse, even in its most abandoned forays into Sensibility, the Gothic, political satire, and vulgarity—perhaps especially in these most apparently idiosyncratic gestures—provides telling access to its own cultural moment, as well as to Shelley's art and thought in general."—from the Editorial Overview

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801861192
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/14/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.52(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Editorial Overviewxix
Abbreviationsxli
Texts
Original Poetry3
Letter [1] ("Here I sit with my paper, my pen and my ink")7
Letter [2] (To Miss _ From Miss _)9
Song. ("Cold, cold is the blast when December is howling")11
Song. ("Come _! sweet is the hour")13
Song. Despair14
Song. Sorrow15
Song. Hope16
Song. Translated from the Italian17
Song. Translated from the German18
The Irishman's Song18
Song. ("Fierce roars the midnight storm")19
Song. To _ ("Ah! sweet is the moonbeam that sleeps on yon fountain")20
Song. To _ ("Stern, stern is the voice of fate's fearfull command")21
Saint Edmond's Eve22
Revenge28
Ghasta; or, The Avenging Demon!!!30
Fragment, or The Triumph of Conscience37
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger39
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson; Being Poems Found Amongst the Papers of that Noted Female who Attempted the Life of the King in 178689
Advertisement92
"Ambition, power, and avarice, now have hurl'd"93
Fragment. Supposed to be an Epithalamium of Francis Ravaillac and Charlotte Corde95
Despair99
Fragment. ("Yes! all is past--swift time has fled away")100
The Spectral Horseman101
Melody to a Scene of Former Times102
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian: A Romance105
"'T was dead of the night, when I sat in my dwelling"109
"Ghosts of the dead! have I not heard your yelling"110
Ballad. ("The death-bell beats!_")111
Song. ("How swiftly through heaven's wide expanse")114
Song. ("How stern are the woes of the desolate mourner")115
Song. ("Ah! faint are her limbs, and her footstep is weary")116
The Devil's Walk119
The Devil's Walk, a Ballad123
Supplement: Letter Version of The Devil's Walk128
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814)131
"A Cat in distress"135
"How swiftly through Heaven's wide expanse"136
"Oh wretched mortal, hard thy fate!"138
To Mary who died in this opinion138
"Why is it said thou canst but live"139
"As you will see I wrote to you" [1st letter to E. F. Graham]140
"Dear dear dear dear dear dear Graeme!" [2nd letter to E. F. Graham]142
"Sweet star! which gleaming oer the darksome scene"144
"Bear witness Erin! when thine injured isle"145
"Thy dewy looks sink in my breast"145
Commentaries
Original Poetry149
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger189
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson235
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian261
The Devil's Walk281
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814)295
Historical Collations
Introduction333
Original Poetry335
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger355
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson375
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian387
The Devil's Walk403
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814)411
Appendixes
Introduction433
A.Latin School Exercises435
Epitaphium435
In Horologium437
B.Prose Treated as Poems438
"The Ocean rolls between us"438
"Oh Ireland!"441
C.Lost Works442
Satirical Poem on "L'infame"443
Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things444
On a Fete at Carlton House448
Essay on War451
God Save the King452
D.Dubia453
Poems in the Oxford University and City Herald453
Ode, to the Breath of Summer455
The Grape. From the Greek Anthologia455
Epigram, from the Greek Anthologia. ("We that were wont")456
Translation of an Epigram of Vincent Bourne's457
On Old Age, from the Greek Anthology458
Venus and the Muses, from the Same458
Unattributed Epigraphs to St. Irvyne458
Sadak the Wanderer. A Fragment460
E.Misattributions469
Epigraph: "If Satan had never fallen"469
Lines, Addressed to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, on His Being Appointed Regent469
The Modern Minerva; or, The Bat's Seminary for Young Ladies. A Satire on Female Education478
Anecdotes of Father Murdo480
To the Queen of My Heart482
Index of Titles487
Index of First Lines491

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