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Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) was a British Romantic poet whose lyricism and technical skill earned him high regard among generations of poets and readers after his death. Shelley died tragically at age 29 and was not well known in his own lifetime. However, Shelley was an influential member of a community of poets, writers, and thinkers that included Lord Byron (1788–1824), John Keats (1795–1821), Leigh Hunt (1784–1859), and his wife Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797–1851). Like many of the Romantic poets, his work deals with inspiration from nature, individualism, and emotional truth, but Shelley, in particular, wrote passionately on the political subjects of tyranny and freedom. His unique perspective has influenced many important artists, poets, philosophers, authors, and social activists and helped shape ideas of liberty and justice that have had resounding effects throughout the centuries. This collection examines nine of Shelley's literary works and one essay. The works collected here comprise some of his most famous and most often read poems, including "Ozymandias," "Ode to the West Wind," "To a Skylark," and his most ambitious work, the four-act poetical drama Prometheus Unbound. Shelley's essay "A Defence of Poetry" is a vital inspiration for readers and a foundational work in literary criticism.

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The selections in this collection are nine literary works and an essay by Shelley.


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