The Poems of Shelley: Volume Three
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The Poems of Shelley: Volume Three : 1819 - 1820

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the major Romantic poets, and wrote what is critically recognised as some of the finest lyric poetry in the English language. This is the third volume of the five-volume The Poems of Shelley, which presents all of Shelley's poems in chronological order and with full annotation. Date and circumstances of composition are provided for each poem and all manuscript and printed sources relevant to establishing an authoritative text are freshly examined and assessed. Headnotes and footnotes furnish the personal, literary, historical and scientific information necessary to an informed reading of Shelley's varied and allusive verse.


Most of the poems in the present volume were composed between autumn 1819 and autumn 1820. The poems written in response to the political crisis in England following the `Peterloo' massacre in August 1819 feature largely, among them The Mask of Anarchy and 'An Ode (Arise, arise, arise!)'. The popular songs, which Shelley intended to gather into a volume to inspire reformers from the labouring classes, several accompanied by significantly new textual material recovered from draft manuscripts, are included, as are the important political works 'Ode to Liberty', 'Ode to Naples' and Oedipus Tyrannus, Shelley's burlesque Greek tragedy on the Queen Caroline affair. Other major poems featured include 'The Sensitive-Plant', 'Ode to the West Wind', 'Letter to Maria Gisborne', an exuberant translation from the ancient Greek of the Homeric 'Hymn to Mercury', and the brilliantly inventive 'The Witch of Atlas'.





In addition to accompanying commentaries, there are extensive bibliographies, a chronology of Shelley's life, and indexes to titles and first lines. Leigh Hunt's informative Preface of 1832 to The Mask of Anarchy is also included as an Appendix. The volumes of The Poems of Shelley form the most comprehensive edition of Shelley's poetry available to students and scholars.
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  • Hardback | 784 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 48.26mm | 1,066g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, frontispiece
  • 140584034X
  • 9781405840347
  • 1,401,619

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the major Romantic poets, and wrote what is critically recognised as some of the finest lyric poetry in the English language. This is the third volume of the 4-volume "Poems of Shelley," which will present all of Shelley's poems in chronological order and with full annotation. Date and circumstances of composition are provided for each poem and all manuscript and printed sources relevant to establishing an authentic and accurate text are freshly examined and assessed. Headnotes and footnotes furnish the personal, literary, historical and scientific information necessary to an informed reading of Shelley's varied and allusive verse.

The present volume comprises poems composed between autumn 1819 and autumn 1820. The poems written in response to the political crisis in England following the 'Peterloo' massacre in August 1819 feature largely in this volume, among them "The Mask of Anarchy "and "An Ode (Arise, arise, arise!)." The popular songs, which he intended to gather into a volume to inspire reformers from the labouring classes, several accompanied by significantly new textual material recovered from draft manuscripts, areincluded, as are the important political works "Ode to Liberty," "Ode to Naples" and "Oedipus Tyrannus," Shelley's burlesque Greek Tragedy on the Queen Caroline affair. The comic ballad "Peter Bell the Third" takes Wordsworth as a type of the betrayal of the poet's calling by party politics. Other major poems featured include "The Sensitive-Plant," "Ode to the West Wind," "Letter to Maria Gisborne," an exuberant translation from the ancient Greek of the Homeric "Hymn to Mercury," and the brilliantly inventive "The Witch of Atlas."

In addition to accompanying commentaries, there are extensive bibliographies, a chronology of Shelley's life, and indexes to titles and first lines. Leigh Hunt's informative Preface of 1832 to "The Mask of Anarchy" is also included as an Appendix, making this the most comprehensive edition of Shelley's work available to students and scholars.""
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Table of contents

The third volume, covering the years 1819 to 1820.


Contents in Alphabetical Order:


A ballad: Young Parson Richards


A daughter mother and a grandmother


A lone wood walk, where meeting branches lean


A metropolis/Hemmed in with mountain walls


A New National Anthem


A poet of the finest water


A swift & hidden Spirit of decay


A Vision of the Sea


A winged city, like a wisp of cloud


An Allegory


An eagle floating in the golden glory


An Exhortation


An Incitement to Satan (`By the everlasting God')


An infant in a boat without a helm


An Ode (`Arise, arise, arise!') A


An Ode (`Arise, arise, arise!') B


And in that deathlike cave


And those sweet flowers that had sprung


And what art thou, Presumptuous, who profanest


Archeanissa, thou of Colophon/Even in whose wrinkles sits keen love


Arethusa


As deaf as adders - and as poisonous too


Child of Despair and Desire


Circumstance (A man who was about to hang himself)


Come thou Awakener of the spirit's Ocean


[Bind] eagle wings upon the lagging hours


Dante's Purgatorio I 1-6


Death


Deluge and dearth, ardours and frosts and earthquake


Englandin 1819


[England] thou widowed mother, whose wan breasts are dry


Ever round around the flowering


Forebodings


Fragment: A Satire upon Satire


Fragments connected with Oedipus Tyrannus A: Roofing his palace chamber with the scalps of women


Fragments connected with Oedipus Tyrannus B: And in those gemless rings which once were eyes


From my hollow heart


From the Arabic: An Imitation (My faint spirit was sitting in the light)


Gather from the uttermost


God and the Devil (`Beautiful this rolling Earth')


Good Night


He cometh forth among men


He wanders like a day-appearing dream


Her dress


His bushy wide and solid beard


His face was like a Snake's, wrinkled and loose


Holy my sweet love


Hymn of Apollo


Hymn of Pan


Hymn to Mercury


I care not for the subtle looks


I had two babes- a sister and a brother


I have had a dream tonight


I hear ye hear/The sudden whirlwind... PU draft?


I love. What me? aye child, I love thee too


I more esteem


I sang of one I knew not


I stood upon a Heaven-cleaving turret


If I walk in Autumn even


If the cloud which roofs the sky


If the good money which I lent to thee


In isles of odoriferous pines


Is it that in some brighter sphere


Is there more on earth than we


It is a savage mountain slope


It was a bright and cheerful afternoon


It was a winter such as when birds die


Italian translation from PU A (II v 48-71)


Italian translation from PU B (II v 72-110)


Italian translation from PU C (IV 1-55 and 57-82)


Italian translation of `To Sidmouth and Castlereagh'


Italian translation of parts of Laon & Cythna


Kissing Helen(a) (Kissing Helena, together)


Letter to Maria Gisborne


Like a black spider caught


Lines to A Critic


Lines to a Reviewer (`Alas! good friend, what profit can you see')


Lines Written During the Castlereagh Administration


Love, Hope, Desire and Fear


Love's Philosophy


Matilda Gathering Flowers


Mine eyes [ ] like two ever-bleeding wounds


Music (`I pant for the music')


My dear brother Harry


Now the day has died away


O [ ] of thought


O thou immortal deity


O thou power, the swiftest


O! what is that whose light intense


Ode to Heaven


Ode to Liberty


Ode to NaplesA


Ode to NaplesB


Ode to the West Wind


Oh time, oh night, o day


Oh, Music, thou art not "the food of Love"


On a Faded Violet


On the Medusa of Leonardo


One atom of golden cloud, like a fiery star


Orpheus (Not far from hence)


Pantherlike Spirit! Beautiful and swift


People of England, ye who toil and groan


Perhaps the only comfort that remains


Peter Bell the Third


Polluting darkness tremblingly quivers


Proteus Wordsworth, who shall bind thee


Satan at Large (`A golden-winged Angel stood)


Say the beloved Son of Mercury


Shattering the sunlight into many a star


She was the ... Sepulchre


Soft pillows for the fiends


Song (Rarely, rarely comest thou)


Song of Proserpine


Song, To the Men of England


Sonnet (`Ye hasten to the dead !')


Sonnet: Political Greatness


Spirit of Plato (Eagle! Why soarest thou above that tomb?)


Such sorrow this lady to her took


Sucking hydras hashed in sulphur


The Birth of Pleasure (`At the creation of the Earth')


The Cloud


The dashing of the stream is as the voices


The dewy silence of the breathing night


The fiery mountains answer each other ('Liberty')


The fitful alternations of the rain


The Fugitives (The waters are flashing)


The gentleness of rain is in the Wind


The Indian Serenade


The laminatious gossamers were glancing


The Mask of Anarchy


The memory of the good is ever green


The Pursued and the Pursuer


The Question


The roses arose early to blossom


The Sensitive Plant


The Spirit of an infant's purity


The sun is set, the swallows are asleep ('Evening: Ponte A Mare, Pisa')


The Towerof Famine(Amid the desolation of a city)


The vale is like a vast Metropolis


The Waning Moon


The Witch of Atlas


The Woodman and the Nightingale


There is a wind which language faints beneath


There was a gorgeous marriage feast


Thou at whose Dawn the everlasting sun


Time Long Past


Time who outruns and oversoars whatever


To - (`I fear thy kisses')


To - (`When Passion's Trance')


To a Skylark


To lay my weary head upon thy lap


To Music (`Silver key of the fountain of tears)


To Night


To Sidmouth and Castlereagh: Similes


To Sophia


To Stella (Thou wert the morning star among the living)


To William Shelley


To Xanthippe (Here catch this apple, girl + Here catch this apple)


Twas in a wilderness of roses where


'Twas the twentieth of October


Una vallata verde


What has thou done then, Lifted up the curtain


What if the suns and stars and Earth


What think you the dead are?


Where art thou, beloved tomorrow


Why would you overlive your life again


With weary feet chasing Unrest and Care


Within a cavern of man's trackless spirit


Within the surface of the fleeting river
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About Jack Donovan

The Editors


Jack Donovan was formerly Reader in English at the University of York, UK.


Cian Duffy is Professor of English Literature at St. Mary's University, UK.


Kelvin Everest is A. C. Bradley Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Liverpool, UK.


Michael Rossington is Professor of Romantic Literature at Newcastle University, UK.


The General Editors


Paul Hammond FBA is Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature at the University of Leeds, UK.


David Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK.


The Founding General Editor


F.W. Bateson, who founded the series and acted as General Editor for its first generation of titles, was a distinguished critic and scholar. He was lecturer in English and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, the editor of the original Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, and founding editor of the journal Essays in Criticism.
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