Percy Bysshe Shelley

Selected Poems and Prose
  • Selected Poems and Prose

  • A major new anthology of Percy Bysshe Shelley's work, edited by Jack Donovan and Cian Duffy.

    'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'


    Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the leading English Romantics and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. His major works include the long visionary poems 'Prometheus Unbound' and 'Adonais', an elegy on the death of John Keats. His shorter, classic verses include 'To a Skylark', 'Mont Blanc' and 'Ode to the West Wind'. This important new edition collects his best poetry and prose, revealing how his writings weave together the political, personal, visionary and idealistic.

    This Penguin Classics edition includes a fascinating introduction, notes and other materials by leading Shelley scholars, Jack Donovan and Cian Duffy.

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in 1792 and published his first volume of poetry in 1809. He was expelled from Oxford University for his distributing a pamphlet entitled 'The Necessity of Atheism'. Four months later, he eloped with and married Harriet Westbrook but later left her for Mary Wollstonecraft, future author of Frankenstein. Shelley was working on his last major poem, The Triumph of Life, when he was drowned in Italy in 1822, aged twenty-nine.

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