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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

1792 - 1822Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, Shelley did not achieve fame during his lifetime, but recognition of his achievements in poetry grew steadily following his death and he became an important influence on subsequent generations of poets including Robert Browning, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Thomas Hardy, and W. B. Yeats. American literary critic Harold Bloom describes him as "a superb craftsman, a lyric poet without rival, and surely one of the most advanced sceptical intellects ever to write a poem." Shelley's critical reputation fluctuated during the 20th century, but in recent decades he has achieved increasing critical acclaim for the sweeping momentum of his poetic imagery, his mastery of genres and verse forms, and the complex interplay of sceptical, idealist, and materialist ideas in his work. Among his best-known works are "Ozymandias" (1818), "Ode to the West Wind" (1819), "To a Skylark" (1820), and the political ballad "The Mask of Anarchy" (1819). His other major works include the verse drama The Cenci (1819) and long poems such as Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude (1815), Julian and Maddalo (1819), Adonais (1821), Prometheus Unbound (1820)—widely considered his masterpiece—Hellas (1822), and his final, unfinished work, The Triumph of Life (1822). Shelley also wrote prose fiction and a quantity of essays on political, social, and philosophical issues. Much of this poetry and prose was not published in his lifetime, or only published in expurgated form, due to the risk of prosecution for political and religious libel. From the 1820s, his poems and political and ethical writings became popular in Owenist, Chartist, and radical political circles and later drew admirers as diverse as Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, and George Bernard Shaw. Shelley's life was marked by family crises, ill health, and a backlash against his atheism, political views and defiance of social conventions. He went into permanent self-exile in Italy in 1818, and over the next four years produced what Leader and O'Neill call "some of the finest poetry of the Romantic period". His second wife, Mary Shelley, was the author of Frankenstein. He died in a boating accident in 1822 at the age of 29.Read more on Wikipedia


A Bridal Song.
A Dialogue.
A Dirge.
A Fragment: To Music.
A Hate-Song.
A Lament.
A New National Anthem.
A Summer Evening Churchyard.
A Tale Of Society As It Is: From Facts, 1811.
A Vision Of The Sea.
Adonais. An Elegy On The Death Of John Keats, Author Of Endymion, Hyperion, Etc.
Alastor: Or, The Spirit Of Solitude.
An Allegory.
An Exhortation.
An Ode, Written October, 1819, Before The Spaniards Had Recovered Their Liberty.
Another Fragment: To Music.
Another Version Of The Same. (A Bridal Song)
Autumn: A Dirge.
Bigotry's Victim.
Buona Notte.
Cancelled Passage Of Mont Blanc.
Cancelled Passage Of The Ode To Liberty.
Cancelled Stanza Of The Mask Of Anarchy.
Cancelled Stanza.
Charles The First.
Despair. Song.
Dirge For The Year.
Epigram 1. - To Stella.
Epigram 2. - Kissing Helena.
Epigram 3. - Spirit Of Plato.
Epigram 4. - Circumstance.
Epipsychidion. Verses Addressed To The Noble And Unfortunate Lady, Emilia V -
Epitaphium. [Latin Version Of The Epitaph In Gray's Elegy.]
Epithalamium. Another Version Of 'A Bridal Song'.
Evening. To Harriet.
Evening: Ponte Al Mare, Pisa
Eyes: A Fragment.
Feelings Of A Republican On The Fall Of Bonaparte.
Fragment From The Wandering Jew.
Fragment Of A Ghost Story.
Fragment Of A Satire On Satire.
Fragment Of A Sonnet. Farewell To North Devon.
Fragment Of A Sonnet. To Harriet.
Fragment Of The Elegy On The Death Of Adonis.
Fragment Of The Elegy On The Death Of Bion.
Fragment On Keats.
Fragment, Or The Triumph Of Conscience.
Fragment. Adapted From The Vita Nuova Of Dante.
Fragment: "Amor Aeternus".
Fragment: "Igniculus Desiderii".
Fragment: 'A Gentle Story Of Two Lovers Young'.
Fragment: 'Alas! This Is Not What I Thought Life Was'.
Fragment: 'And That I Walk Thus Proudly Crowned'.
Fragment: 'Follow To The Deep Wood's Weeds'.
Fragment: 'Great Spirit'.
Fragment: 'I Faint, I Perish With My Love!'.
Fragment: 'I Stood Upon A Heaven-Cleaving Turret'.
Fragment: 'I Would Not Be A King'.
Fragment: 'Is It That In Some Brighter Sphere'.
Fragment: 'Methought I Was A Billow In The Crowd'.
Fragment: 'My Head Is Wild With Weeping'.
Fragment: 'O Thou Immortal Deity'.
Fragment: 'Such Hope, As Is The Sick Despair Of Good'.
Fragment: 'The Death Knell Is Ringing'.
Fragment: 'The Rude Wind Is Singing'.
Fragment: 'The Viewless And Invisible Consequence'.
Fragment: 'Unrisen Splendour Of The Brightest Sun'.
Fragment: 'Wake The Serpent Not'.
Fragment: 'What Men Gain Fairly'.
Fragment: 'When A Lover Clasps His Fairest'.
Fragment: 'When Soft Winds And Sunny Skies'.
Fragment: 'Ye Gentle Visitations Of Calm Thought'.
Fragment: A Roman's Chamber.
Fragment: A Serpent-Face.
Fragment: A Tale Untold.
Fragment: A Wanderer.
Fragment: Apostrophe To Silence.
Fragment: Beauty's Halo.
Fragment: Death In Life.
Fragment: Home.
Fragment: Life Rounded With Sleep.
Fragment: Love The Universe To-Day.
Fragment: Love'S Tender Atmosphere.
Fragment: May The Limner.
Fragment: Milton's Spirit.
Fragment: Music And Sweet Poetry.
Fragment: Omens.
Fragment: Pater Omnipotens.
Fragment: Rain.
Fragment: Rome And Nature.
Fragment: Satan Broken Loose.
Fragment: Sufficient Unto The Day.
Fragment: Supposed To Be An Epithalamium Of Francis Ravaillac And Charlotte Corday.
Fragment: The Deserts Of Dim Sleep.
Fragment: The False Laurel And The True.
Fragment: The Lady Of The South.
Fragment: The Lake's Margin.
Fragment: The Sepulchre Of Memory.
Fragment: The Vine-Shroud.
Fragment: Thoughts Come And Go In Solitude.
Fragment: To A Friend Released From Prison.
Fragment: To Byron.
Fragment: To Italy.
Fragment: To One Singing.
Fragment: To The Mind Of Man.
Fragment: To The Moon.
Fragment: To The People Of England.
Fragment: Wedded Souls.
Fragment: Wine Of The Fairies.
Fragment: Zephyrus The Awakener.
Fragments Supposed To Be Parts Of Otho.
Fragments Written For Hellas.
From The Arabic: An Imitation.
From The Greek Of Moschus.
From The Original Draft Of The Poem 'To William Shelley'.
From Vergil's Fourth Georgic.
From Vergil's Tenth Eclogue.
Ghasta Or, The Avenging Demon!!!
Hellas. A Lyrical Drama.
Homer's Hymn To Castor And Pollux.
Homer's Hymn To Minerva.
Homer's Hymn To The Earth: Mother Of All.
Homer's Hymn To The Moon.
Homer's Hymn To The Sun.
Homer's Hymn To Venus.
Hymn Of Apollo.
Hymn Of Pan.
Hymn To Intellectual Beauty.
Hymn To Mercury. (Translated From The Greek Of Homer.)
In Horologium.
Invocation To Misery.
Julian And Maddalo. A Conversation.
Letter To Maria Gisborne.
Lines To A Critic.
Lines To A Reviewer.
Lines Written Among The Euganean Hills.
Lines Written During The Castlereagh Administration.
Lines Written In The Bay Of Lerici.
Lines Written On Hearing The News Of The Death Of Napoleon.
Lines: 'We Meet Not As We Parted'.
Lines: 'When The Lamp Is Shattered'.
Love's Philosophy.
Love's Rose.
Love, Hope, Desire, And Fear.
Marianne's Dream.
Matilda Gathering Flowers.
Melody To A Scene Of Former Times.
Mighty Eagle. Supposed To Be Addressed To William Godwin.
Mont Blanc. Lines Written In The Vale Of Chamouni.
Note On Poems Of 1822
O That A Chariot Of Cloud Were Mine
Ode To Heaven.
Ode To Liberty.
Ode To Naples.
Ode To The West Wind.
Oedipus Tyrannus Or Swellfoot The Tyrant. A Tragedy In Two Acts
On A Faded Violet.
On A Fete At Carlton House: Fragment.
On An Icicle That Clung To The Grass Of A Grave.
On Death.
On Fanny Godwin.
On Leaving London For Wales.
On Robert Emmet's Grave.
On The Dark Height Of Jura.
On The Medusa Of Leonardo Da Vinci In The Florentine Gallery.
Original Poetry By Victor And Cazire.
Pan, Echo, And The Satyr. From The Greek Of Moschus.
Passage Of The Apennines.
Peter Bell the Third
Prince Athanase. A Fragment.
Prometheus Unbound. A Lyrical Drama In Four Acts.
Queen Mab. A Philosophical Poem, With Notes.
Rosalind And Helen. A Modern Eclogue.
Saint Edmond's Eve.
Scene From 'Tasso'.
Scenes From The Faust Of Goethe.
Scenes From The Magico Prodigioso. From The Spanish Of Calderon.
Similes For Two Political Characters Of 1819.
Sister Rosa: A Ballad.
Song For 'Tasso'.
Song From The Wandering Jew.
Song Of Proserpine While Gathering Flowers On The Plain Of Enna.
Song To The Men Of England.
Song. Hope.
Song. To - [Harriet].
Song. To [Harriet].
Song. Translated From The German.
Song. Translated From The Italian.
Sonnet To Byron.
Sonnet. From The Italian Of Cavalcanti.
Sonnet. From The Italian Of Dante.
Sonnet. On Launching Some Bottles Filled With Knowledge Into The Bristol Channel.
Sonnet. To A Balloon Laden With Knowledge.
Sonnet: England In 1819.
Sonnet: Political Greatness.
Sorrow. Song.
St. Irvyne's Tower.
Stanza From A Translation Of The Marseillaise Hymn.
Stanza, Written At Bracknell.
Stanzas From Calderon's Cisma De Inglaterra.
Stanzas Written In Dejection, Near Naples.
Stanzas. - April, 1814.
Summer And Winter.
The Aziola.
The Birth Of Pleasure.
The Boat On The Serchio.
The Cenci. A Tragedy In Five Acts.
The Cloud.
The Cyclops. A Satyric Drama Translated From The Greek Of Euripides.
The Daemon of the World. A Fragment.
The Devil's Walk. A Ballad.
The Dirge.
The Drowned Lover.
The First Canzone Of The Convito. From The Italian Of Dante.
The Fugitives.
The Indian Serenade.
The Irishman's Song.
The Isle.
The Magnetic Lady To Her Patient.
The Mask Of Anarchy.
The Past.
The Pine Forest Of The Cascine Near Pisa.
The Question.
The Retrospect: Cwm Elan, 1812.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 1.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 10.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 11.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 12.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 2.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 3.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 4.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 5.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 6.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 7.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 8.
The Revolt Of Islam. - Canto 9.
The Revolt Of Islam. - To Mary - - .
The Same. (From Vergil's Tenth Eclogue.)
The Sensitive Plant.
The Solitary.
The Spectral Horseman.
The Sunset.
The Tower Of Famine.
The Triumph Of Life.
The Two Spirits: An Allegory.
The Wandering Jew's Soliloquy.
The Waning Moon.
The Witch of Atlas
The Woodman And The Nightingale.
The World's Wanderers.
The Zucca.
Time Long Past.
To - .
To A Skylark.
To A Star.
To Constantia, Singing.
To Constantia.
To Death.
To Edward Williams.
To Emilia Viviani.
To Harriet.
To Ianthe.
To Ireland.
To Jane: 'The Keen Stars Were Twinkling'.
To Jane: The Invitation.
To Jane: The Recollection.
To Mary (On Her Objecting To 'The Witch Of Atlas', Upon The Score Of Its Containing No Human Interest).
To Mary - .
To Mary Shelley.
To Mary Who Died In This Opinion.
To Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin.
To Miss - - [Harriet Grove] From Miss - - [Elizabeth Shelley].
To Night.
To Sophia [Miss Stacey].
To The Lord Chancellor.
To The Moon.
To The Moonbeam.
To The Nile.
To The Queen Of My Heart.
To The Republicans Of North America.
To William Shelley.
To Wordsworth.
Variation Of The Song Of The Moon.
Verses On A Cat.
With A Guitar, To Jane.