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Shelley’s Major Verse

The Narrative and Dramatic Poetry

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$86.50 • £69.95 • €78.00

ISBN 9780674806252

Publication Date: 10/07/1988


231 pages

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To trace the life force of his poetry and its transformation and efflorescence in the course of his development, Sperry has taken Shelley’s eight major poetic works—Queen Mab, Alastor, The Revolt of Islam, Prometheus Unbound Acts I–IV, The Cenci, The Witch of Atlas, Epipsychidion, and The Triumph of Life—and examined them chronologically within the context of the poet’s life. Supported by impeccable scholarship, Sperry’s incisive analyses illuminate for modern readers not only Shelley the poet but Shelley the man.—Sharon Wong, Library Journal

One of the finest books on Shelley to appear in recent years. Its special strength lies in its elucidation of Shelley’s extreme idealism. Sperry finds in the major poetry life-values that are not only defensible but even prophetic for both individuals and societies.—Donald H. Reiman

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