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Percy Bysshe Shelley : A Literary Life - Michael O'Neill

Percy Bysshe Shelley

A Literary Life

Paperback Published: 24th October 1989
ISBN: 9780333447055
Number Of Pages: 176

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In 'Percy Bysshe Shelly: A Literary Life' , Michael O'Neill gives a knowledgeable and balanced account of Shelley's literary career from his earliest published work to his last unfinished masterpiece, The Triumph of Life . The book draws on recent research about the poet and his age, but its sense of the ways in which texts and contexts interact is sharply independent. Issues discussed include Shelley's social background, his radical politics and his complex response to Enlightenment rationalism. O'Neill stresses Shelley's often disappointed search for an audience, connecting it with the growing sophistication of his poetry and poetics. For Shelley, a poet was the 'combined product' of 'internal powers' and 'external influences' (Preface to Prometheus Unbound ); this book explores how such a combination manifests itself in his own writings.

Acknowledgements - Note on Texts and Abbreviations - Introduction: 'Internal Powers' and 'External Influences' - 1810-16: 'Breathing Hatred to Government and Religion' - 1816-18: 'Truth's Deathless Voice' - 1818-19: 'Beyond the Present and Tangible Object' - 1819-20: 'The Torrent of my Indignation' - 1820-22: 'Where the Eternal are' - Notes - Further Reading - Index

ISBN: 9780333447055
ISBN-10: 0333447050
Series: MacMillan Literary Lives
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 24th October 1989
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 10