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Shelley on Love

An Anthology

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (248 pages)
(Pub. Nov 1997)
9780856461019
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  • ‘Shelley’s conception of love lies at the heart of his radical views on social justice, political liberty, and poetry itself.’ In bringing together for the first time Shelley’s almost unknown prose writings on love, Richard Holmes presents an intellectual and emotional portrait of a great poet’s beliefs and personality developing from adolescence to the threshold of maturity, when at the age of thirty they were tragically cut short.

    The anthology does not merely give a Romantic poet’s view of romantic passion, but treats of Love at large, in all its forms and manifestations. The collection is divided biographically into six thematic sections, so that the reader may follow closely the development of Shelley’s views in response to his experiences. Shelley’s wonderfully graceful version of Plato’s Symposium is rescued from obscurity, and three telling extracts from his lesser-read long poems serve to crystallize his attitudes to love at critical points.

    One of the Titans of English romanticism, Shelley was born in 1792. Radical in his social and political veiws as well as his poetry, he was expelled from University College Oxford in 1911 after publishing a pamphlet titled The Necessity of Atheism. He went on to produce some of the most ... read more
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