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Shelley: Selected Poems and Prose

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The English Romantic Period in literature featured a towering group of excellent poets: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats. If we add in forerunners Burns and Blake, we have perhaps an unmatchable collection of writers for any era. Of these, Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the brightest and best, coupling a giant intellect with a highly emotional and impetuous nature. He was always a champion of liberty, but was largely ignored when he tried to promote political and social reform. He was wise enough, however, to realize that his efforts were ineffective, and he chose instead, not to attempt to reshape society, but to transform the individual, to inspire his readers to a greater love of beauty, of nature, and especially of each other. To this end, he poured forth a profusion of gorgeous verse overflowing with brilliant imagery, all aimed at uplifting the good and the beautiful, the free and the loving, while denouncing the social forces that tended to suppress them. Unfortunately, it was Shelley’s fate to be misunderstood by the people of his own time. He was vilified as an evil influence, a free thinker and free lover whose ideas should be abhorred. He pictured himself in his poetic tribute to Keats, “Adonais,” as an outcast or a martyr, a “phantom among men, companionless,” bearing a brand upon his brow like that of Cain or of Christ. His life was unorthodox, but his nature was highly sympathetic and filled with devotion to those who were ground down by life and the pressures of a callous society. Perhaps the greatest testimonial was paid to him in letters written by Lord Byron (who, incidentally, disagreed with his political ideas): “...he is, to my knowledge, the least selfish and the mildest of men--a man who has made more sacrifices of his fortune and feelings for others than any I ever heard of.” “Shelley...was, without exception, the best and least selfish man I ever knew. I never knew one who was not a beast in comparison.” (Introduction by Leonard Wilson)

Language:

English

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LibriVox Community

Length:

7h


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

18:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

34:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

39:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

48:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

38:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

32:18