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Product Details

  • Series: Poetry Library, Penguin
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (September 3, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140585044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140585049
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Aziola
Chorus (1)
Chorus (2)
Chorus Of Spirits Of The Mind
The Cloud
The Earth
England In 1819
Fragment (1)
Hymn To Intellectual Beauty
The Indian Serenade
Letter To Maria Gisborne
Lines (1)
Lines Written Among The Euganean Hills
Lines Written On Hearing The News Of The Death Of Napoleon
Love's Philosophy
The Mask Of Anarchy; Written On Occasion Of Massacre At Manchester
Mont Blanc; Lines Written In The Vale Of Chamouni
Mutability (2)
O World, O Life, O Time
Ode To The West Wind
Part The Fifth: Grace
Part The Fourth: Sin
Part The Third: Hell
Prometheus [or Asia]
Song Of Appolo
The Song Of Pan
Song To The Men Of England
Spirit Of The Hour
Stanzas Written In Dejection, Near Naples
There Was A Poet, Whose Untimely Tomb
To - (5)
To A Skylark
To Jane: Keen Stars
To Jane: The Recollection
To Night
To The Lord Chancellor
To The Moon (1)
The Triumph Of Life
Verses Written On Receiving A Celandine In A Letter
The Waning Moon
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Binding and everything else looks great.
Nothing has changed in this recent re-publication, despite the rich and fascinating work in Shelley criticism and Shelley studies in the years since Leavis.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Laon on October 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Suppose someone published a Shakespeare selection, that included pretty set pieces from the plays ("Queen Mab! What's she?" from _Romeo and Juliet_, "I know a bank whereon the wild thyme grows" from _Midsummer Night's Dream_), bits of _The Rape of Lucrece_ and _Venus and Adonis_, every last one of the "Sonnetf to Sundrie Notef of Mufic_, and a few songs: "It was a lover and his lass," and the like. But anything that hinted at a darker worldview or Shakespeare's wider range was ruthlessly excluded.
And suppose further that this anthology claimed that it represented Shakespeare's best work, showing his range and the things that make that writer great. So that anyone who knew Shakespeare through that anthology would think that he was good for the odd flower poem and a bit of "Hey nonny nonny" but not much else besides.
Isobel Quigly's _Shelley: A Selection_ is the Shelleyan equivalent of that Shakespeare anthology. Thus, Shelley's epic philosophical drama _Prometheus Unbound_, both a meditation about the relationship between thought and language and a metaphor for political renewal based on moral growth (among other things), is represented by a couple of incidental lyrics; all complexity and depth are left on Quigly's cutting room floor. _Julian and Maddalo_, with its urbanity, its bitter wit, crisp dialogue and vivid characterisation, is represented by one short purple passage (admittedly a splendid one) describing sunset over the Euganean hills.
The satirical Shelley is not represented at all: the contemptuous handling of contemporary political figures in the energetically grotesque _Oedipus Tyrannus_ is missing in action, as is the more nuanced satire of _Peter Bell the Third_.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kate on May 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I very much enjoyed this collection. It introduced me to the poignant poetry of one of the greatest English Romantic writers. Shelly is a poet you will most likely be required to read at some point in your life. If not, you would be doing a serious diservice to yourself to not seek to indulge in his writings by your own accord. "Song to the Men of England" is perhaps my favourite Shelly poem, despite the fact that it illustrates the utter hypocrisy of English aristocrats. This collection is bound beautifully, and includes all of the poems Shelly was famous for. It is priced reasonably, so there should therefore be no reason for you not to pick it up!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wanderer on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Note: I made some immature Mormon angry because of my negative reviews of books that attempted to prove the Book of Mormon, and that person has been slamming my reviews almost as fast as they are posted.

I must have really burned him or her because I've deleted this review and re-posted it and within an hour, I had a "not helpful" vote. Give me a break. That person's faith must be very fragile, indeed. Oh, well.

I'm trying to be "helpful," so your "helpful" votes are appreciated. Thanks, and I hope you find some enjoyable lines (below). Thanks.

This collection has many of the poems we all love. It's not an exhaustive collection, but it's worth buying for Quigly's introductory essay, and as she said, "Shelley lives on outside his verse, and continues still to attract or repel, as he did when he was alive." How true.

In "Astor; or the Spirit of Solitude," Shelley left a perfect, though probably unintended,description of himself.

"The brave, the gentle, and the beautiful,
The child of grace and genius."

And of our place in history, it gives us pause to read Shelley's "Ozymandias."

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said; Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the and,
Half sunk, a shattered visages lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl C. Wilson on June 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought the book used. Someone has written notes in it. Interesting to see what they were thinking. I love that the Pocket Poets give you a fair collection of the poet's work, the print is a nice size, and the book is perfect to tuck away in a tote or purse.
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