Poetry and Prose

  • Title: Poetry and Prose
  • Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley Donald H. Reiman Neil Fraistat
  • ISBN: 9780393977523
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poetry and Prose 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 bee
    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 theEach 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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    1. Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets and is widely considered to be among the finest lyric poets of the English language He is perhaps most famous for such anthology pieces as Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and The Masque of Anarchy However, his major works were long visionary poems including Alastor, Adonais, The Revolt of Islam, Prometheus Unbound and the unfinished The Triumph of Life.Shelley s unconventional life and uncompromising idealism, combined with his strong skeptical voice, made him a authoritative and much denigrated figure during his life He became the idol of the next two or three generations of poets, including the major Victorian and Pre Raphaelite poets Robert Browning, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, as well as William Butler Yeats and poets in other languages such as Jibanananda Das and Subramanya Bharathy He was also admired by Karl Marx, Henry Stephens Salt, and Bertrand Russell Famous for his association with his contemporaries John Keats and Lord Byron, he was also married to novelist Mary Shelley.


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    1. There's no Romantic I adore as much as Shelley. I can't wait to read Richard Holmes' Shelley The Pursuit and get a little more acquainted with the Shelley mythology. This Norton edition of his writings has a good deal of introductory material before each piece, and is a worthy biographical study in its own right. I can't imagine a more complete edition of his works. Essential.

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    2. Shelley's philosophy is debatable, but his genius is undeniable. This volume sheds light on his poetry, and thereby adds to the reader's enjoyment. Top picks include Mont Blanc, Hymn to Intellectual Beauty, Ozymandias, Adonais, The Cloud, and Ode to the West Wind.Mont Blanc:The everlasting universe of things Flows through the mind, and rolls its rapid waves, Now dark - now glittering- now reflecting gloom - Now lending splendour, where from secret springs The source of human thought its tribute [...]

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    3. Shelley’s influence as a Romantic poet on subsequent generations is evident in the many phrases and images that survive in our collective consciousness even today: His Sky-Lark with its “rain of melody,” His West Wind sweeping away the “Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red” leaves, Ozymandias’s “sneer of cold command” and his echoing statement “Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” His style is exuberant and at times bombastic, and he seems to impose on his reader [...]

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    4. Love, Love Shelley. I reread daily!

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    5. O Wind! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!You had me at "O Wild West Wind!"

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    6. Prometheus Unbound – ** What is this work? It lacks plot, suspense or development, characterization is flat and the poesy is dense and benumbing. Is it a play? A poem? An epic? A philosophical dialogue? The last act was tacked on after its original publication. Need I say more?Prometheus Unbound is written in a highly complex style – dense, convoluted, expansive and ornate. Sentences go on for 20 or more lines and contain innumerable clauses that dart this direction and that. Some sentences [...]

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    7. The book that began science fiction, it reeks of a tragedy too perfectly concocted to fully capture in a quarter-page book journal entry. I love every character in this book for what they bring to it, and it is one of the few books I can read effortlessly, even though it contains almost no dialogue. It is a joy to teach, because every year I learn something new about it, and not many books present that kind of “replay value.” I’m actually pretty glad that I didn’t have to study this one [...]

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    8. I have to say that Shelley does have some of the best imagery, and that alone makes reading most of his poetry worth while for me. However, I was disappointed with all other aspacts of his work.First of all, his longer poems seem to either go in circles or have a rather chaotic line of thought.Secondly, whenever he puts in a theme, message, etc. they will often contradict one another.Lastly, at times one has to put a lot into understanding the simplest words because of how many different ways Sh [...]

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    9. Shelley always brings me back to the truth about myself. I am glad to have re-read his work. I want to write a book about him one day, but it's not now. His poems have reminded me of what I need to do. Shelley was a true visionary, like Rimbaud, like Goethe, like Milton. He lived his work. I want to do that.

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    10. I'm rating the edition, not the poems. First, there's no introduction so it' hard to situate the poet and the work (in total).good critical stuff at the endful introductions to many of the individual poems.good footnotes. now I know what a camel-leopard is so thanks.

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    11. Reading Queen Mab at the moment. Had to do some background research into Edmund Spencer's "Faery Queen." I'm finding significant parallels with Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in both works. This is my intial impression.

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    12. I am okay with Shelley. I understand for the most part what he's trying to do and his insolence is kind of charming. But, his poetry style is far too dramatic to be enjoyable and it's difficult to break down the meaning between his lines, which is what I'm used to doing in poetry.

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    13. Hands down, the best edition of his selected works one can own. He was a writer not much appreciated in his time but the years have been kinder to him. I am truly enamoured of his writings, esp. 'Mont Blanc'. You cannot go wrong with much contained here.

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    14. Shelley is the quintessential Romantic. I first became interested in his poetry as a high school senior, and he has remained one of my favorite poets. This is an excellent collection, including Shelley's famous Defense of Poetry.

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    15. A nice collection of Shelley's works.

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    16. Shelley's letters & prose are more interesting to me that his poems, which are sometimes very very good, in and of themselves.

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    17. The place to start for romance poetry, pity Shelly died so young, he may have extended the movement and taken the march away from the Victorians.

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    18. Whenever I'm feeling restless, Shelley is one of my refuges in poetry.

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    19. read together with John Milton's Paradise Lost.

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    20. can't abide him sorry no matter how fine i see he might be

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    21. Shelley is certainly a very interesting character, and this is evident in his writings. Although some of his poems can be a bit strange and overwrought, he was a very talented poet.

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    22. who can sell this book to me its original thanks and regards

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    23. One of the biggies, along with Keats and Byron.

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    24. This book contains one of my all time favorite poems: Ozymandias.

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    25. Sure, Shelley is a great poet, but I've always found him a bit tame.

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    26. I love Shelley. He's kind of full of himself sometimes, but he's still fascinating.

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    27. Read this many years ago in jr high and loved it. Shelley is by far a very favorite poet of mine. I need to find a new copy of this for myself and re-read, the copy I read was my moms.

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    28. Going to read Prometheus Unbound for now

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