The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Writing to his publisher in 1813, Shelley expressed the hope that two of his major works "should form one volume"; nearly two centuries later, the second volume of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry fulfills that wish for the first time. This volume collects two important pieces: Queen Mab and The Esdaile Notebook. Privately issued in 1813, Queen Mab was perhaps Shelley's most intellectually ambitious work, articulating his views of science, politics, history, religion, society, and individual human...

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Overview

Writing to his publisher in 1813, Shelley expressed the hope that two of his major works "should form one volume"; nearly two centuries later, the second volume of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry fulfills that wish for the first time. This volume collects two important pieces: Queen Mab and The Esdaile Notebook. Privately issued in 1813, Queen Mab was perhaps Shelley's most intellectually ambitious work, articulating his views of science, politics, history, religion, society, and individual human relations. Subtitled A Philosophical Poem: With Notes, it became his most influential—and pirated—poem during much of the nineteenth century, a favorite among reformers and radicals. The Esdaile Notebook, a cycle of fifty-eight early poems, exhibits an astonishing range of verse forms. Unpublished until 1964, this sequence is vital in understanding how the poet mastered his craft.

As in the acclaimed first volume, these works have been critically edited by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat. The poems are presented as Shelley intended, with textual variants included in footnotes. Following the poems are extensive discussions of the circumstances of their composition and the influences they reflect; their publication or circulation by other means; their reception at the time of publication and in the decades since; their re-publication, both authorized and unauthorized; and their place in Shelley's intellectual and aesthetic development.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Romanticism on the Net
A scholarly delight.
Studies in Romanticism
An indispensable reference work for all who study Shelley... Auspiciously inaugurates Shelley studies for a new millennium.

— Morton D. Paley

The Wordsworth Circle
A more comprehensive collation of relevant materials, or a more sensitive, sensible, and reader-friendly presentation of evidence, is inconceivable. All Shelleyans owe Reiman and Fraistat a debt of gratitude.

— Zachary Leader

Studies in English Literature
Will almost certainly be the standard in Shelley scholarship... It is more than a reader hopes for in editorial scholarship.

— Susan Morgan

Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America
A monumental edition—the Shelley edition for our time.

— Steven E. Jones

Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA)
Once it is completed, this will be the definitive critical edition of the complete poetry of P.B. Shelley that the scholarly community has been awaiting for such a long time. We can already say: it will have been worth the wait.

— Christoph Bode

Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA) - Christoph Bode
Once it is completed, this will be the definitive critical edition of the complete poetry of P.B. Shelley that the scholarly community has been awaiting for such a long time. We can already say: it will have been worth the wait.
Studies in Romanticism - Morton D. Paley
An indispensable reference work for all who study Shelley... Auspiciously inaugurates Shelley studies for a new millennium.
The Wordsworth Circle - Zachary Leader
A more comprehensive collation of relevant materials, or a more sensitive, sensible, and reader-friendly presentation of evidence, is inconceivable. All Shelleyans owe Reiman and Fraistat a debt of gratitude.
Studies in English Literature - Susan Morgan
Will almost certainly be the standard in Shelley scholarship... It is more than a reader hopes for in editorial scholarship.
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America - Steven E. Jones
A monumental edition—the Shelley edition for our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801878749
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/2004
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 920
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 2.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald H. Reiman is an Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Delaware. Neil Fraistat is a Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Editorial Overview xix
Abbreviations xli
Texts
Original Poetry 3
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. Despair 14
Song. Sorrow 15
Song. Hope 16
Song. Translated from the Italian 17
Song. Translated from the German 18
The Irishman's Song 18
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 Eve 22
Revenge 28
Ghasta; or, The Avenging Demon!!! 30
Fragment, or The Triumph of Conscience 37
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger 39
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson; Being Poems Found Amongst the Papers of that Noted Female who Attempted the Life of the King in 1786 89
Advertisement 92
"Ambition, power, and avarice, now have hurl'd" 93
Fragment. Supposed to be an Epithalamium of Francis Ravaillac and Charlotte Corde 95
Despair 99
Fragment. ("Yes! all is past--swift time has fled away") 100
The Spectral Horseman 101
Melody to a Scene of Former Times 102
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian: A Romance 105
"'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 Walk 119
The Devil's Walk, a Ballad 123
Supplement: Letter Version of The Devil's Walk 128
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 opinion 138
"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 Poetry 149
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger 189
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson 235
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian 261
The Devil's Walk 281
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814) 295
Historical Collations
Introduction 333
Original Poetry 335
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avenger 355
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson 375
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian 387
The Devil's Walk 403
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814) 411
Appendixes
Introduction 433
A. Latin School Exercises 435
Epitaphium 435
In Horologium 437
B. Prose Treated as Poems 438
"The Ocean rolls between us" 438
"Oh Ireland!" 441
C. Lost Works 442
Satirical Poem on "L'infame" 443
Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things 444
On a Fete at Carlton House 448
Essay on War 451
God Save the King 452
D. Dubia 453
Poems in the Oxford University and City Herald 453
Ode, to the Breath of Summer 455
The Grape. From the Greek Anthologia 455
Epigram, from the Greek Anthologia. ("We that were wont") 456
Translation of an Epigram of Vincent Bourne's 457
On Old Age, from the Greek Anthology 458
Venus and the Muses, from the Same 458
Unattributed Epigraphs to St. Irvyne 458
Sadak the Wanderer. A Fragment 460
E. Misattributions 469
Epigraph: "If Satan had never fallen" 469
Lines, Addressed to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, on His Being Appointed Regent 469
The Modern Minerva; or, The Bat's Seminary for Young Ladies. A Satire on Female Education 478
Anecdotes of Father Murdo 480
To the Queen of My Heart 482
Index of Titles 487
Index of First Lines 491
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