Shelley's Poetry and Prose

ISBN-10: 0393977528

ISBN-13: 9780393977523

Edition: 2nd 2001

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This Second Edition is based on the authoritative texts chosen by the editors from their scholarly edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Each selection has been thoroughly reedited, and the order of the poems has been rearranged in light of redating or other reconsiderations. All headnotes are new or updated, and many footnotes have been added, replaced, or revised. "Criticism" reflects the recent renaissance in Shelley studies, the greatest renaissance since 1870-92. All twenty-three essays are new to the Second Edition; among them are the work of Harold Bloom, Stuart Curran, Annette Wheeler Cafarelli, Michael Ferber, James Chandler, and Susan J. Wolfson. A Chronology, an updated Selected Bibliography, and an Index of Titles and First Lines are included.
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/2/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 816
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210

Born in Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex, Shelley was educated at Syon House Academy and Eton, where he acquired the sobriquet "Mad Shelley" for his independent spirit. While at Eton he published Zastrozzi (1810), a Gothic novel. Expelled from Oxford because he refused to retract his atheistic beliefs, Shelley quarreled with his wealthy father and was banished from home. Shelley married impulsively and then abandoned his young wife to run off to Italy with the 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (the daughter of the radical feminist and the anarchist philosopher, who was eventually to write Frankenstein). While in Italy, Shelley became close friends with Byron, and the two became objects of endless, notorious rumor. Shelley's personal character was revered by almost everyone who knew him. Extremely generous toward others, frugal with himself, he strove tirelessly for the betterment of humanity. Prometheus Unbound (1820), a lyrical drama in four acts, calls for the regeneration of society through love and for the destruction of all repressive institutions. The Cenci (1819), a verse drama based on real events, is one of the few plays from the romantic period still produced. Shelley's lyrics are marvelously varied and rich in sound and rhythm. Wordsworth regarded him as the best artist among living poets.Adonais (1821), written to honor the memory of John Keats, is one of the supreme elegies in English.The Triumph of Life, which was left incomplete at his death, has been hailed by T. S. Eliot as the nearest approach in English to Dante (see Vol. 2). The "Ode to the West Wind" and "To a Skylark" are anthologized everywhere. Shelley's early death by drowning ended his career just as it was coming into full flower. A revolutionary in his art and life, Shelley is considered by many to be an inspired polemicist and poetic genius. As one of his contemporaries wrote in Etonian (1821), "He is one of the many whom we cannot read without wonder, or without pain. . . ."

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Textual Introduction
The Poems
from The Esdaile Notebook
To the Emperors of Russia and Austria ...
Sonnet: To a balloon, laden with Knowledge
Zeinab and Kathema
The Retrospect
Queen Mab
Stanzas.--April, 1814
Mutability ("We are as clouds")
To Wordsworth
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
Mont Blanc
from Laon and Cythna (later The Revolt of Islam)
Canto IX, stanzas xx-xxviii
To Constantia
Lines written among the Euganean Hills
Julian and Maddalo
Stanzas written in Dejection--December 1818, Near Naples
The Two Spirits--An Allegory
The Cenci
Prometheus Unbound
The Sensitive-Plant
Ode to Heaven
Ode to the West Wind
The Cloud
To a Sky-Lark
Ode to Liberty
The Mask of Anarchy
[Sonnet:] England in 1819
Sonnet: To the Republic of Benevento
Sonnet ("Lift not the painted veil")
Sonnet ("Ye hasten to the grave!")
Letter to Maria Gisborne
Peter Bell the Third
The Witch of Atlas
Song of Apollo
Song of Pan
Written on Hearing the News of the Death of Napoleon
The Indian Girl's Song
Song ("Rarely, rarely comest thou")
The Flower That Smiles Today
To--("Music, when soft voices die")
When Passion's Trance Is Overpast
To Jane. The Invitation
To Jane. The Recollection
One Word Is Too Often Profaned
The Serpent Is Shut Out from Paradise
With a Guitar. To Jane.
To Jane ("The keen stars were twinkling")
Lines written in the Bay of Lerici
The Triumph of Life
The Prose
On Love
On Life
A Defence of Poetry
Shelley's Reputation Before 1960: A Sketch
A Volcano's Voice in Shelley
Urbanity and Apocalypse
The Poetry of Skepticism
Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
Shelley as Agrarian Reactionary
General Studies
Shelley and the End(s) of Ideology
The Transgressive Double Standard: Shelleyan Utopianism and Feminist Social History
Shelley's Lyric Art
Percy Bysshe Shelley and Revolutionary Climatology
Audiences and the Later Works
Shelley Left and Right: The Rhetorics of the Early Textual Editions
Studies of Individual Works
"Frail Spells": Shelley and the Ironies of Exile
[Mont Blanc]
Shelley's Doubles: An Approach to Julian and Maddalo
Transference Perverted: The Cenci as Shelley's Great Expose
The Unascended Heaven: Negatives in Prometheus Unbound
History's Lyre: The "West Wind" and the Poet's Work
Poetic Form and Political Reform: The Mask of Anarchy and "England in 1819"
Dispersoning Emily: Drafting as Plot in Epipsychidion
[Adonais: Defending the Imagination]
[Spectators Turned Actors: "The Triumph of Life"]
Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
Index of Titles and First Lines
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