The Complete Poems
From the Hardcover edition.
Some of the work strikes me that, like Shakespeare, it would be better performed than read. The epic drama Prometheus Unbound is one of these. On the whole I feel unequipped to really understand all of this work. I remind myself that I still even stumble reading Shakespeare sometimes and I've had fa...more
In cloudless radiance, Queen of silver night?
Can you, ye flow'rets, spread your perfumed balm
Mid pearly gems of dew that shine so bright?
And you wild winds, thus can you sleep so still
Whilst throbs the tempest of my breast so high?
Can the fierce night-fiends rest on yonder hill,
And, in the eternal mansions of the sky,
Can the directors of the storm in powerless silence lie?
Hark! I hear music on the zephyr’s wing,
Louder it floats along the unruffled sky;
In case you need a poem hit -- this is the end of 'Adonais' and a pretty good way to start or end your day:
"The One remains, the many change and pass;
Heaven’s light forever shines, Earth’s shadows fly;
Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
Stains the white radiance of Eternity,
Until Death tramples it to fragments.—Die,
If thou wouldst be with that which thou dost seek!
Follow where all is fled!—Rome’s azure sky,
Flowers, ruins, statues, music,...more
Well, Yeats called PU the greatest holy book of our time, but unlike Yeats I'm neither a poet nor a madman, so I may not be appreciating on his level. It also might be dated a little bit, in these post-revolutionary times, the hero-rebel is not the unimaginable symbol of human excellence it was for Shelley. That said, this is a perfectly realised love-song on th...more
I have to admit it took an English professor to read Mount Blanc before I appreciated the power of that particular poem. I should probably look for audio versions of his poetry. Any recommendations? Honestly, my professor in 1970 read it and would not permit any discussio...more
Shelley's lyrical poetry is among the best in the language, and is the most ravishingly musical I know. Some of his longer poems seem to be a bit less-well-known, though they're some of the most rewarding long poems since Spenser, and necessary for an understanding of Shell...more
I don't read these compendiums cover to cover, but, pick and choose what I feel like.
If I were to recommend one Shelley poem that people may skip over, it would be Adonais, an elegy for Keats that, I believe, doubles as Shelley's own suicide note.
if I were a dead leaf... if I were a swift cluod... a wave to pant beneath thy power...
E anch'io cerco quel momento perfetto, nella solitudine del silenzio, silenzio rumoroso, silenzio in compagnia, ma silenzio interiore, anche io,...more