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The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley : Volume 1 - Donald H. Reiman

The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Volume 1

By: Donald H. Reiman (Editor), Neil Fraistat (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 18th January 2000
ISBN: 9780801861192
Number Of Pages: 544
For Ages: 22+ years old

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A milestone in literary scholarship, the publication of the Johns Hopkins edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley makes available for the first time critically edited clear texts of all poems and translations that Shelley published or circulated among friends, as well as diplomatic texts of his significant incomplete poetic drafts and fragments. Edited upon historical principles by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat, the multi volume edition will offer more poems and fragments than any previous collective edition, arranged in the order of their first circulation. These texts are followed by the most extensive collations hitherto available and detailed commentaries that describe their contextual origins and subsequent reception. Rejected passages of released poems appear as supplements to those poems, while other poetic drafts that Shelley rejected or left incomplete at his death will be grouped according to either their publication histories or the notebooks in which they survive.

Volume One includes Shelley's first four works containing poetry (all prepared for publication before his expulsion from Oxford), as well as "The Devil's Walk" (circulated in August 1812), and a series of short poems that he sent to friends between 1809 and 1814, including a bawdy satire on his parents and "Oh wretched mortal," a poem never before published. An appendix discusses poems lost or erroneously attributed to the young Shelley.

"These early poems are important not only biographically but also aesthetically, for they provide detailed evidence of how Shelley went about learning his craft as a poet, and the differences between their tone and that of his mature short poetry index a radical change in his self-image... The poems in Volume I, then, demonstrate Shelley's capacity to write verse in a range of stylistic registers. This early verse, even in its most abandoned forays into Sensibility, the Gothic, political satire, and vulgarity -- perhaps especially in these most apparently idiosyncratic gestures -- provides telling access to its own cultural moment, as well as to Shelley's art and thought in general." -- from the Editorial Overview

Industry Reviews

In gathering together all his earliest pieces, including some that have been unavailable in standard editions of the collected poetry, Donald Reiman and Neil Fraistat's meticulously edited volume brings out the aims Shelley had for his verse, and the effects he sought, which remained surprisingly uniform. -- Laura Quinney * London Review of Books * Will become an indispensable reference work for all who study Shelley... The first volume... auspiciously inaugurates Shelley studies for a new millennium. -- Morton D. Paley * Studies in Romanticism * If ever an edition deserved the chimerical epithet 'definitive' this is it. A more comprehensive collation of relevant materials, or a more sensitive, sensible, and reader-friendly presentation of evidence, is inconceivable. All Shelleyans owe Reiman and Fraistat a debt of gratitude. The edition this volume inaugurates will be an essential acquisition for academic libraries and should become the standard scholarly reference for all citations of Shelley's poems. * The Wordsworth Circle * The Johns Hopkins University Press has come out with the first volume of what will almost certainly be the standard in Shelley scholarship, The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, beautifully edited by Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat. What is so special about this edition, as we can see in this volume of Shelley's early writing, is that it presents the poems in their historical context, which turns out to mean so much more than the phrase usually does. We see not only the traditional drafts and revisions but also thorough discussions of publication histories, origins, influences, and receptions by Shelley's contemporaries. It is more than a reader hopes for in editorial scholarship. -- Susan Morgan * Studies in English Literature * The editors' impressive combined knowledge, theoretical understanding, and practical skills add up to a brilliant first installment of what will undoubtedly be a monumental edition-the Shelley edition for our time. -- Steven E. Jones * Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America * This edition will undoubtedly be indispensable for the serious study of Shelley's poetry. -- P.M.S. Dawson * Review of English Studies * These youthful poems prove that Shelley's enthusiasm for political solutions to moral problems was neither intellectual fakery nor aristocratic affection. -- J.T. Barbarese * Sewanee Review *

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Editorial Overviewp. xix
Abbreviationsp. xli
Original Poetry: by Victor and Cazirep. 3
Letter [1] ("Here I sit with my paper, my pen and my ink")p. 7
Letter [2] (To Miss - From Miss -)p. 9
Song. ("Cold, cold is the blast when December is howling")p. 11
Song. ("Come! sweet is the hour")p. 13
Song. Despairp. 14
Song. Sorrowp. 15
Song. Hopep. 16
Song. Translated from the Italianp. 17
Song. Translated from the Germanp. 18
The Irishman's Songp. 18
Song. ("Fierce roars the midnight storm")p. 19
Song. ("Ah! sweet is the moonbeam that sleeps on yon fountain")p. 20
Song. ("Stern, stern is the voice of fate's fearfull command")p. 21
Saint Edmond's Evep. 22
Revengep. 28
Ghasta; or, The Avenging Demon!!!p. 30
Fragment, or The Triumph of Consciencep. 37
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avengerp. 39
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson; Being Poems Found Amongst the Papers of that Noted Female who Attempted the Life of the King in 1786p. 89
"Ambition, power, and avarice, now have hurl'd"p. 93
Fragment. Supposed to be an Epithalamium of Francis Ravaillac and Charlotte Cordep. 95
Despairp. 99
Fragment. ("Yes! all is past--swift time has fled away")p. 100
The Spectral Horsemanp. 101
Melody to a Scene of Former Timesp. 102
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian: A Romancep. 105
"'T was dead of the night, when I sat in my dwelling"p. 109
"Ghosts of the dead! have I not heard your yelling"p. 110
Ballad. ("The death-bell beats!--")p. 111
Song. ("How swiftly through heaven's wide expanse")p. 114
Song. ("How stern are the woes of the desolate mourner")p. 115
Song. ("Ah! faint are her limbs, and her footstep is weary")p. 116
The Devil's Walkp. 119
The Devil's Walk, a Balladp. 123
Supplement: Letter Version of The Devil's Walkp. 128
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814)p. 131
"A Cat in distress"p. 135
"How swiftly through Heaven's wide expanse"p. 136
"Oh wretched mortal, hard thy fate!"p. 138
To Mary who died in this opinionp. 138
"Why is it said thou canst but live"p. 138
"As you will see I wrote to you" [1st letter to E. F. Graham]p. 140
"Dear dear dear dear dear dear Graeme!" [2nd letter to E. F. Graham]p. 142
"Sweet star! which gleaming oer the darksome scene"p. 144
"Bear witness Erin! when thine injured isle"p. 145
"Thy dewy looks sink in my breast"p. 145
Original Poetry by Victor and Cazirep. 149
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avengerp. 189
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholsonp. 235
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucianp. 261
The Devil's Walkp. 281
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814)p. 295
Historical Collations
Introductionp. 333
Original Poetry by Victor and Cazirep. 335
The Wandering Jew; or, The Victim of the Eternal Avengerp. 355
Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholsonp. 375
Poems from St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucianp. 387
The Devil's Walkp. 403
Ten Early Poems (1809-1814)p. 411
Introductionp. 433
Latin School Exercisesp. 435
Epitaphiump. 435
In Horologiump. 437
Prose Treated as Poemsp. 438
"The Ocean rolls between us"p. 438
"Oh Ireland!"p. 441
Lost Worksp. 442
Satirical Poem on "L'infame"p. 443
Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Thingsp. 444
On a Fete at Carlton Housep. 448
Essay on Warp. 451
God Save the Kingp. 452
Dubiap. 453
Poems in the Oxford University and City Heraldp. 453
Ode, to the Breath of Summerp. 455
The Grape. From the Greek Anthologiap. 455
Epigram, from the Greek Anthologia. ("We that were wont")p. 456
Translation of an Epigram of Vincent Bourne'sp. 457
On Old Age, from the Greek Anthologyp. 458
Venus and the Muses, from the Samep. 458
Unattributed Epigraphs to St. Irvynep. 458
Sadak the Wanderer. A Fragmentp. 460
Misattributionsp. 469
Epigraph: "If Satan had never fallen"p. 469
Lines, Addressed to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, on His Being Appointed Regentp. 469
The Modern Minerva; or, The Bat's Seminary for Young Ladies. A Satire on Female Education. By Queen Mabp. 478
Anecdotes of Father Murdop. 480
To the Queen of My Heartp. 482
Index of Titlesp. 487
Index of First Linesp. 491
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ISBN: 9780801861192
ISBN-10: 0801861195
Series: Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley : Book 1
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 18th January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.92