The Great Poets – Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The Great Poets – Percy Bysshe Shelley

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3rd March 2008




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The Great Poets – Percy Bysshe Shelley

The opening lines from Queen Mab: A Philosophical Poem


To Wordsworth

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty


Stanzas Written In Dejection Near Naples

from ‘Prometheus Unbound’

The Indian Serenade

Ode to the West Wind

Song to The Men of England

Sonnet: England in 1819

The Mask of Anarchy

The Cloud

To A Skylark

from Epipsychidion

To the Moon

A Lament

One word is too often profaned

Chorus from Hellas

Concluding stanzas from Adonais

With A Guitar, To Jane

Song: Rarely, rarely, comest thou

To Jane: The Invitation


Lines: ‘When the lamp is shattered’

Music, When Soft Voices Die

To Jane: The Recollection

Read by Bertie Carvel



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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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