978-0-394-60466-4 / 9780394604664

The Complete Poems of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, with the explanatory notes of Shelley's poems by Mrs. Shelley (The Modern Library)


Publisher:Random House, Inc.



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Here, in a single volume, is the complete poetry of tow of the best loved poets of the High Romantic period: John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley, the Promethean bard, sings of the sublime and affirms the possibility of transcendence; Keats, more concerned with the limits of Imagination, celebrates the pleasures of the senses and opts for a quieter apocalypse.

John Keats (1795-1821), the son of a livery-stable keeper in London, attended the Reverend John Clarke's private school at Enfield until the age of fifteen, when he was apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary. In 1815 he took up medical studies at Guy's Hospital, London, and in 1816 he passed his examinations. Soon thereafter he abandoned medicine for poetry. With Shelley's help he published his first book in 1817. He died of consumption in Rome in 1821.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was born at Field Place, Sussex, and educated at Eton and Unversity College, Oxford. He was expelled form Oxford in 1811 after circulating a pamphlet he authored called 'The Necessity of Atheism.' That same year he married Harriet Westbrook; they separated after three years, Shelley left England in 1814 with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, whom he married in 1816. The couple moved around a great deal, Shelley writing all the while. He died at the age of thirty in a sailing accident.

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