Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the leading English Romantics and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. His major works include the long visionary poems “Prometheus Unbound” and “Adonais,” an elegy on the death of John Keats. His shorter, classic verses include “Ozymandias,” “To a Skylark,” “Mont Blanc,” and “Ode to the West Wind.” This comprehensive and informative new edition collects his best poetry and prose, revealing how his writings weave together the political, personal, visionary, and idealistic.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), perhaps the most intellectually adventurous of the great Romantic poets, personified the richly various—and contradictory—energies of his time. A classicist, a headlong visionary, a social radical, and a poet of serene artistry with lyric touch second… More about Percy Bysshe Shelley
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“One can only marvel at the amount of editorial work that has gone into this volume … There is a world of difference between having to read a poet as part of your studies and picking one up for pleasure later, which is why this is such an important and definitive edition. It will suit both the scholar and the general reader … While today the flame of progressive thought is flickering in the gales of intolerance and brute ignorance, we need Shelley’s example, and his exemplary anger, all the more.” —The Guardian