Complete Poems Author:Percy Bysshe Shelley In the eighteenth century, the poets Byron, Shelley and Keats - heirs to the Romantic legacy of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Burns, and Blake - formed a trio of poetic revolution. The three were unwavering in their hatred of authoritarianism, their disdain for conventional morality, and their outspoken support of radical causes. — The most ethereal of ... more »the three, Percy Bysshe Shelley was in a sense also the most romantic, writing alternatively with furious intensity and delicate grace, both intended to convert the reader to his utopian beliefs. When he is not advocating vegetarianism, atheism, and sexual freedom - as in "Queen Mab" - Shelley's dedication is to the metaphysical beauty of intelligence and love. Perhaps the most stunning achievement is his ability to render the finest concepts and emotions distinctly in verse by means of allegories and symbolic landscapes. In the words of Thomas Babington Macauley, "He turned atheism itself into a mythology, rich with visions and as glorious as the gods that live in the marble of Phidias...The Spirit of Beauty, the Principle of Good, the Principle of Evil, when he treated them, ceased to be abstractions."
This complete collection of Shelley's poems brings forth all the genius of the man who believed that poetry strengthened our capacity to love. Included here is the outrageous satire "Peter Bell the Third," the lyrical drama "Prometheus Unbound" - considered by many to be the supreme mythological work by an English Romantic poet - and the great symbolic masterpiece "Ode to the West Wind." Also here is the sweet, sad music of "Alastor" - the story of a poet who dies in puruit of ideal love - as well as the naturalistic "Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation" and "The Censi," a verse tragedy. Although Shelley did not achieve fame during his lifetime, he is indisputably one of the great poets of the English language, a fact that becomes abundantly clear with this volume of his collected works.« less