Posted by saformo on 8 noviembre 2010

Written Works & Literary Career

Below you’ll find a chronological guide to, and a few excerpts from Percy Shelley’s major literary works. However, keep in mind that he also published and wrote numerous pamphlets, the majority of which inspired numerous authors and poets in later years. They also, some believed, inspired his assassination. So who is to say which was greater, his poetry and romantic lyrics, or his ability to tickle the consciences of great men and the muses of great authors?

(1810) Zastrozzi – Written while he attended Eton College, though not published until he had begun at Oford University, as an outlet for his staunch Atheism. This accomplishment led many to the theory that it was Percy, and not Mary, who wrote Frankenstein.

(1811) The Necessity of Atheism and St. Irvyne – St. Irvyne was the companion novel to Zastrozzi. The Necessity of Atheism was the text which resulted in Percy’s being ousted from Oxford, and the decimation of his relationship with his father, because of its interpreted lacivious content.

(1813) Queen Mab: A Philosophical Poem – Percy’s first lengthy, and successfully published literary work, that spoke of his beliefs on the subject of revolution. Passages of atheist content were removed in the first edition. In the second, they were reinstated, which led to the editor’s courth conviction of libel.

(1815) Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude –

Earth, Ocean, Air, beloved brotherhood!
If our great Mother has imbued my soul
With aught of natural piety to feel
Your love, and recompense the boon with mine;
If dewy morn, and odorous noon, and even,
With sunset and its gorgeous ministers,
And solemn midnight’s tingling silentness;
If autumn’s hollow sighs in the sere wood,
And winter robing with pure snow and crowns
Of starry ice the grey grass and bare boughs;
If spring’s voluptuous pantings when she breathes
Her first sweet kisses, have been dear to me;
If no bright bird, insect, or gentle beast
I consciously have injured, but still loved
And cherished these my kindred; then forgive
This boast, beloved brethren, and withdraw
No portion of your wonted favour now!

(1816) Mont Blanc
(1817) Hymn to Intellectual Beauty (text)
(1817) The Revolt of Islam –

So now my summer-task is ended, Mary,
And I return to thee, mine own heart’s home;
As to his Queen some victor Knight of Faery,
Earning bright spoils for her enchanted dome;
Nor thou disdain, that ere my fame become
A star among the stars of mortal night,
If it indeed may cleave its natal gloom,
Its doubtful promise thus I would unite
With thy beloved name, thou Child of love and light.

(1818) Ozymandias (text)

(1818) Plato, The Banquet (or Symposium) translation from Greek into English[10]
(1819) The Cenci
(1819) Ode to the West Wind (text)
(1819) The Masque of Anarchy
(1819) Men of England
(1819) England in 1819
(1819) The Witch of Atlas
(1819) A Philosophical View of Reform
(1819) Julian and Maddalo –

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven’s ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, for ever!

(1820) Prometheus Unbound
(1820) To a Skylark
(1821) Adonais
(1821) Hellas
(1821) A Defence of Poetry (first published in 1840)
(1822) The Triumph of Life (unfinished, published in 1824 after Shelley died)
(1822) The Cloud