1st Edition

The Poems of Shelley: Volume Three 1819 - 1820

    780 Pages
    by Routledge

    784 Pages
    by Routledge

    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the major Romantic poets, and wrote what is critically recognised as some of the finest lyric poetry in the English language. This is the third volume of the five-volume The Poems of Shelley, which presents all of Shelley’s poems in chronological order and with full annotation. Date and circumstances of composition are provided for each poem and all manuscript and printed sources relevant to establishing an authoritative text are freshly examined and assessed. Headnotes and footnotes furnish the personal, literary, historical and scientific information necessary to an informed reading of Shelley’s varied and allusive verse.

    Most of the poems in the present volume were composed between autumn 1819 and autumn 1820. The poems written in response to the political crisis in England following the ‘Peterloo’ massacre in August 1819 feature largely, among them The Mask of Anarchy and 'An Ode (Arise, arise, arise!)'. The popular songs, which Shelley intended to gather into a volume to inspire reformers from the labouring classes, several accompanied by significantly new textual material recovered from draft manuscripts, are included, as are the important political works 'Ode to Liberty', 'Ode to Naples' and Oedipus Tyrannus, Shelley's burlesque Greek tragedy on the Queen Caroline affair. Other major poems featured include 'The Sensitive-Plant', 'Ode to the West Wind', 'Letter to Maria Gisborne', an exuberant translation from the ancient Greek of the Homeric 'Hymn to Mercury', and the brilliantly inventive 'The Witch of Atlas'.

    In addition to accompanying commentaries, there are extensive bibliographies, a chronology of Shelley’s life, and indexes to titles and first lines. Leigh Hunt's informative Preface of 1832 to The Mask of Anarchy is also included as an Appendix. The volumes of The Poems of Shelley form the most comprehensive edition of Shelley's poetry available to students and scholars.

    The third volume, covering the years 1819 to 1820.

    Contents in Alphabetical Order:

    A ballad: Young Parson Richards

    A daughter mother and a grandmother

    A lone wood walk, where meeting branches lean

    A metropolis/Hemmed in with mountain walls

    A New National Anthem

    A poet of the finest water

    A swift & hidden Spirit of decay

    A Vision of the Sea

    A winged city, like a wisp of cloud

    An Allegory

    An eagle floating in the golden glory

    An Exhortation

    An Incitement to Satan (‘By the everlasting God’)

    An infant in a boat without a helm

    An Ode (‘Arise, arise, arise!’) A

    An Ode (‘Arise, arise, arise!’) B

    And in that deathlike cave

    And those sweet flowers that had sprung

    And what art thou, Presumptuous, who profanest

    Archeanissa, thou of Colophon/Even in whose wrinkles sits keen love


    As deaf as adders – and as poisonous too

    Child of Despair and Desire

    Circumstance (A man who was about to hang himself)

    Come thou Awakener of the spirit’s Ocean

    [Bind] eagle wings upon the lagging hours

    Dante’s Purgatorio I 1-6


    Deluge and dearth, ardours and frosts and earthquake

    Englandin 1819

    [England] thou widowed mother, whose wan breasts are dry

    Ever round around the flowering


    Fragment: A Satire upon Satire

    Fragments connected with Oedipus Tyrannus A: Roofing his palace chamber with the scalps of women

    Fragments connected with Oedipus Tyrannus B: And in those gemless rings which once were eyes

    From my hollow heart

    From the Arabic: An Imitation (My faint spirit was sitting in the light)

    Gather from the uttermost

    God and the Devil (‘Beautiful this rolling Earth’)

    Good Night

    He cometh forth among men

    He wanders like a day-appearing dream

    Her dress

    His bushy wide and solid beard

    His face was like a Snake’s, wrinkled and loose

    Holy my sweet love

    Hymn of Apollo

    Hymn of Pan

    Hymn to Mercury

    I care not for the subtle looks

    I had two babes- a sister and a brother

    I have had a dream tonight

    I hear ye hear/The sudden whirlwind…   PU draft?

    I love. What me?  aye child, I love thee too

    I more esteem

    I sang of one I knew not

    I stood upon a Heaven-cleaving turret

    If I walk in Autumn even

    If the cloud which roofs the sky

    If the good money which I lent to thee

    In isles of odoriferous pines

    Is it that in some brighter sphere

    Is there more on earth than we

    It is a savage mountain slope

    It was a bright and cheerful afternoon

    It was a winter such as when birds die

    Italian translation from PU A (II v 48-71)

    Italian translation from PU B (II v 72-110)

    Italian translation from PU C (IV 1-55 and 57-82)

    Italian translation of ‘To Sidmouth and Castlereagh’

    Italian translation of parts of Laon & Cythna

    Kissing Helen(a) (Kissing Helena, together)

    Letter to Maria Gisborne

    Like a black spider caught

    Lines to A Critic

    Lines to a Reviewer (‘Alas! good friend, what profit can you see’)

    Lines Written During the Castlereagh Administration

    Love, Hope, Desire and Fear

    Love’s Philosophy

    Matilda Gathering Flowers

    Mine eyes [ ] like two ever-bleeding wounds

    Music (‘I pant for the music’)

    My dear brother Harry

    Now the day has died away

    O [   ] of thought

    O thou immortal deity

    O thou power, the swiftest

    O! what is that whose light intense

    Ode to Heaven

    Ode to Liberty

    Ode to NaplesA

    Ode to NaplesB

    Ode to the West Wind

    Oh time,  oh night, o day

    Oh, Music, thou art not “the food of Love”

    On a Faded Violet

    On the Medusa of Leonardo

    One atom of golden cloud, like a fiery star

    Orpheus (Not far from hence)

    Pantherlike Spirit!  Beautiful and swift

    People of England, ye who toil and groan

    Perhaps the only comfort that remains

    Peter Bell the Third

    Polluting darkness tremblingly quivers

    Proteus Wordsworth, who shall bind thee

    Satan at Large (‘A golden-wingèd Angel stood)

    Say the beloved Son of Mercury

    Shattering the sunlight into many a star

    She was the ... Sepulchre

    Soft pillows for the fiends

    Song (Rarely, rarely comest thou)

    Song of Proserpine

    Song,  To the Men of England

    Sonnet (‘Ye hasten to the dead !’)

    Sonnet: Political Greatness

    Spirit of Plato (Eagle! Why soarest thou above that tomb?)

    Such sorrow this lady to her took

    Sucking hydras hashed in sulphur

    The Birth of Pleasure (‘At the creation of the Earth’)

    The Cloud

    The dashing of the stream is as the voices

    The dewy silence of the breathing night

    The fiery mountains answer each other ('Liberty')

    The fitful alternations of the rain

    The Fugitives (The waters are flashing)

    The gentleness of rain is in the Wind

    The Indian Serenade

    The laminatious gossamers were glancing

    The Mask of Anarchy

    The memory of the good is ever green

    The Pursued and the Pursuer

    The Question

    The roses arose early to blossom

    The Sensitive Plant

    The Spirit of an infant’s purity

    The sun is set, the swallows are asleep ('Evening: Ponte A Mare, Pisa')

    The Towerof Famine(Amid the desolation of a city)

    The vale is like a vast Metropolis

    The Waning Moon

    The Witch of Atlas

    The Woodman and the Nightingale

    There is a wind which language faints beneath

    There was a gorgeous marriage feast

    Thou at whose Dawn the everlasting sun

    Time Long Past

    Time who outruns and oversoars whatever

    To –  (‘I fear thy kisses’)

    To – (‘When Passion’s Trance’)

    To a Skylark

    To lay my weary head upon thy lap

    To Music (‘Silver key of the fountain of tears)

    To Night

    To Sidmouth and Castlereagh: Similes

    To Sophia

    To Stella (Thou wert the morning star among the living)

    To William Shelley

    To Xanthippe (Here catch this apple, girl + Here catch this apple)

    Twas in a wilderness of roses where

    ’Twas the twentieth of October

    Una vallata verde

    What has thou done then, Lifted up the curtain

    What if the suns and stars and Earth

    What think you the dead are?

    Where art thou, beloved tomorrow

    Why would you overlive your life again

    With weary feet chasing Unrest and Care

    Within a cavern of man's trackless spirit

    Within the surface of the fleeting river


    The Editors

    Jack Donovan was formerly Reader in English at the University of York, UK.

    Cian Duffy is Professor of English Literature at St. Mary’s University, UK.

    Kelvin Everest is A. C. Bradley Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Liverpool, UK.

    Michael Rossington is Professor of Romantic Literature at Newcastle University, UK.

    The General Editors

    Paul Hammond FBA is Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature at the University of Leeds, UK.

    David Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK.

    The Founding General Editor

    F.W. Bateson, who founded the series and acted as General Editor for its first generation of titles, was a distinguished critic and scholar. He was lecturer in English and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, the editor of the original Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, and founding editor of the journal Essays in Criticism.