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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 selection in English—includes all but one of the longer poems, from Queen Mab onwards, in their entirety. Only Laon ...

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Overview

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 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 asPrometheus 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.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199538973
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 486,659
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Zachary Leader has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. Among his books are Revision and Romantic Authorship (1996), Romantic Period Writings 1798-1832: An Anthology (co-edited with Ian Haywood) (1999), and (as editor) The Letters of Kingsley Amis (2000). Michael O'Neill has published widely on Romantic and twentieth-century poetry. Among his books are The Human Mind's Imaginings: Conflict and Achievement in Shelley's Poetry (1989), Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Literary Life (1989). and Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem (1997).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chronology
Note on the Text
Poetry
'A Cat in distress' 1
To the Emperors of Russia and Austria Who Eyed the Battle of Austerlitz from the Heights whilst Buonaparte Was Active in the Thickest of the Fight 2
Zeinab and Kathema 3
Sonnet: On Launching Some Bottles Filled with Knowledge into the Bristol Channel 8
Sonnet: To a Balloon, Laden with Knowledge 9
Queen Mab 10
Stanzas. - April, 1814 88
'O! there are spirits of the air' 89
To Wordsworth 90
Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude 92
Mutability 112
Verses Written on Receiving a Celandine in a Letter from England 112
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty (versions A and B) 114
Mont Blanc (versions A and B) 120
To Constantia 128
From Laon and Cythna 130
Ozymandias 198
Lines Written among the Euganean Hills 198
The Two Spirits - An Allegory 208
Stanzas Written in Dejection - December 1818, near Naples 209
Sonnet ('Lift not the painted veil') 210
Julian and Maddalo 212
Prometheus Unbound 229
The Cenci 314
The Mask of Anarchy 400
Ode to the West Wind 412
Peter Bell the Third 415
Men of England: A Song 442
Lines Written during the Castlereagh Administration 443
To S. and C. 443
'What men gain fairly' 444
A New National Anthem 444
Sonnet: England in 1819 446
Love's Philosophy 446
Ode to Heaven 447
To the Lord Chancellor 448
The Sensitive Plant 450
An Exhortation 460
The Cloud 461
To a Skylark 463
Ode to Liberty 466
Sonnet ('Ye hasten to the grave!') 474
Song ('Rarely, rarely comest thou') 475
Letter to Maria Gisborne 476
To - (Lines to a Reviewer) 484
To - (Lines to a Critic) 485
The Witch of Atlas 486
Song of Appollo 508
Song of Pan 509
Sonnet: Political Greatness 510
The Indian Girl's Song 510
Epipsychidion 512
Adonais 529
To Night 546
The Aziola 547
Hellas 548
Written on Hearing the News of the Death of Napoleon 588
'The flower that smiles today' 589
To - ('One word is too often profaned') 590
'When the lamp is shattered' 590
To - ('The serpent is shut out from Paradise') 591
To Jane. The Invitation 593
To Jane - The Recollection 595
The Magnetic Lady to Her Patient 597
With a Guitar. To Jane 599
To Jane ('The keen stars were twinkling') 601
Lines Written in the Bay of Lerici 602
The Triumph of Life 604
Prose
An Address to the People on the Death of the Princess Charlotte 623
On Love 631
On Life 633
From A Philosophical View of Reform 636
A Defence of Poetry 674
Notes 702
Further Reading 837
Ordering of Poems in Volumes Published by Shelley from 1816 to 1822 841
Index of Titles of Poems and Prose Works 843
Index of First Lines of Poems 844
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