Idealist, atheist, outcast, political radical and, of course, poet – Percy Bysshe Shelley was, in many ways, the epitome of the Romantic artist. His poetry was an outlet for his passionately-held and highly unpopular beliefs; beliefs which resulted in social exclusion, exile, and possibly even his premature death at the age of twenty-nine. His work is a monument to his convictions and to the power of the human spirit, and today it is recognised as a key contribution to Romantic literature. This anthology contains many of his best-known poems, including Ozymandias, The Mask of Anarchy and To a Skylark, as well as excerpts from (among others) Prometheus Unbound and Adonaïs, all read by Bertie Carvel, one of the most talented English actors of his generation.
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well worth the price
In addition to what's in the summary, you get: Mutability, To Wordsworth, Hymn to intellectual beauty (you hear this with the "preview"), Stanzas written in dejection near Naples, Ode to the west wind, The cloud, With a guitar (to Jane), Song (Rarely comest thou), To Jane (the invitation), When the lamp is shattered, To Jane (the recollection), and a few others. The extracts (Queen Mab, Prometheus unbound, Epipsychidion) are generally short, usually a couple of stanzas. The audiobook comes as one 80 minute track with the poems as the "chapters"; if you burn to a cd they'll appear as separate tracks.
The Great Poets: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Its a great collection, but really, no table of contents and no ability to skip to the start of the next poem? Good grief.