Shelley: Selected Poetry by Percy Bysshe ShelleyShelley: Selected Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley: Selected Poetry

byPercy Bysshe ShelleyIntroduction byIsabel Quigly

Paperback | September 3, 1985

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In spirit, Percy Shelley was perhaps the most essentially romantic poet of his age. Intense, idealistic, personal, his is the poetry of youth. His brief, impetuous life aroused great controversy, and, like Byron, he lives on outside his verse.
Shelley’s work has been criticized for its undisciplined emotionalism. But essentially he was a poet of ideas, and in his search for truth and original human perfection, Shelley was inspired as much by the Greek poets and philosophers, particularly Plato, as by the radicalism of his own age. Above all, his great gift was his lyricism, and his verse comes as near to music as poetry can. As the poet Kathleen Raine said, “In his art if not in his life, Shelley was able to soar, to give expression to those dreams and visions which, continually broken by reality, are inextinguishable in the human spirit.”
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 wea...
Title:Shelley: Selected PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.73 inPublished:September 3, 1985Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Table of Contents

Main Dates in the Life of Shelley
Textual Note
Queen Mab. Selections from Parts I, II, and VI
Stanza, Written at Bracknell
Stanzas - April 1814
To Harriet
To Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
On Death
To -
To Wordsworth
Feelings of a Republican on the Fall of Bonaparte
Lines. "The cold earth slept below"
Alastor; or the Spirit of Solitude
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
Mont Blanc
To Constantia, Singing
The Revolt of Islam. Selections from Cantos I, II, XI, and XII
To William Shelley
On Fanny Godwin
On a Faded Violet
from Rosalind and Helen
Lines Written Among the Euganean Hills
Invocation to Misery
from Julian and Maddalo
Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples
Sonnet: "Lift not the painted veil which those who live"
Sonnet: England in 1819
Prometheus Unbound. Selections from Acts I, II, III, and IV
The Cenci. Selections from Act III, Sc. I, Act V, Sc. IV
Ode to the West Wind
An Exhortation
The Indian Serenade
To Sophia (Miss Stacey)
Love's Philosophy
The Sensitive Plant
The Cloud
To a Skylark
Letter to Maria Gisborne
from The Witch of Atlas
Ode to Liberty
To -
Hymn of Apollo
Hymn of Pan
The Question
Ode to Naples
Autumn: A Dirge
To the Moon
To Night
From the Arabic: An Imitation
To Emilia Viviani
To -
Choruses from Hellas
A Lament
To Edward Williams
To -
To -
Lines: "When the lamp is shattered"
from Translation of Calderon's "El Magico Prodigioso"
To Jane: The Invitation
To Jane: The Recollection
With a Guitar, to Jane
To Jane: "The keen stars were twinkling"
Lines Written in the Bay of Lerici
Song from "Charles I"
The Triumph of Life

Index of First Lines

From Our Editors

A poet of ideas in search of human truths in all their forms, Shelley punctuated the romantics with his expressive style. Selected Poetry punctuates his writing career with a solid selection that tells of its maker's passion and range. Intense, idealistic and personal, his poetry has all the energy of youth and ambition. It's quite remarkable that these poems, written so long ago, can still capture readers with their charm. Maybe it is Shelley's eagle eyes, which narrow in on the precise sense of the human spirit, or maybe it's his awareness and stylistic sensibility, which effortlessly triggers our own feelings.