Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the major Romantic poets, and wrote what is critically recognised as some of the finest lyric poetry in the English language. This is the third volume of the five-volume The Poems of Shelley, which presents all of Shelley’s poems in chronological order and with full annotation. Date and circumstances of composition are provided for each poem and all manuscript and printed sources relevant to establishing an authoritative text are freshly examined and assessed. Headnotes and footnotes furnish the personal, literary, historical and scientific information necessary to an informed reading of Shelley’s varied and allusive verse.

Most of the poems in the present volume were composed between autumn 1819 and autumn 1820. The poems written in response to the political crisis in England following the ‘Peterloo’ massacre in August 1819 feature largely, among them The Mask of Anarchy and 'An Ode (Arise, arise, arise!)'. The popular songs, which Shelley intended to gather into a volume to inspire reformers from the labouring classes, several accompanied by significantly new textual material recovered from draft manuscripts, are included, as are the important political works 'Ode to Liberty', 'Ode to Naples' and Oedipus Tyrannus, Shelley's burlesque Greek tragedy on the Queen Caroline affair. Other major poems featured include 'The Sensitive-Plant', 'Ode to the West Wind', 'Letter to Maria Gisborne', an exuberant translation from the ancient Greek of the Homeric 'Hymn to Mercury', and the brilliantly inventive 'The Witch of Atlas'.

In addition to accompanying commentaries, there are extensive bibliographies, a chronology of Shelley’s life, and indexes to titles and first lines. Leigh Hunt's informative Preface of 1832 to The Mask of Anarchy is also included as an Appendix. The volumes of The Poems of Shelley form the most comprehensive edition of Shelley's poetry available to students and scholars.

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The Poems

chapter 211|2 pages

‘[She] was the [ ] Sepulchre’

chapter 212|1 pages

‘I have had a dream tonight’

chapter 213|1 pages

‘He [ ] cometh forth ?[from] among men’

chapter 214|2 pages

‘Perhaps the only comfort that remains’

chapter 216|1 pages

‘To lay my weary head upon thy lap’

chapter 217|3 pages

‘What think you the dead are?’

chapter 220|2 pages

‘Like an eagle hovering’

chapter 221|2 pages

‘I hear, ye hear/The sudden whirlwind’

chapter 224|4 pages

To Night

chapter 225|2 pages

‘And like a dying lady lean and pale’

[The Waning Moon]

chapter 227|2 pages

‘?[Minds] perceive but not create’

chapter 228|1 pages

‘Polluting darkness tremblingly quivers’

chapter 229|3 pages

‘The gentleness of rain is in the Wind’

chapter 230|2 pages

‘The fitful alternations of the rain’

chapter 231|37 pages

The Mask of Anarchy

Written on the Occasion of the Massacre at Manchester

chapter 232|1 pages

‘And in that deathlike [ ] cave’

chapter 234|2 pages

‘I more esteem’

chapter 235|1 pages

‘The roses arose early to blossom’

chapter 238|1 pages

‘There was a gorgeous marriage feast’

chapter 239|83 pages

Peter Bell the Third

chapter 239|2 pages


Drafts for Peter Bell’s ‘Ode to the Devil’

chapter 241|3 pages

‘A golden-wingèd Angel stood’

chapter 242|3 pages

‘A daughter, mother and a grandmother’

chapter 244|7 pages

An Ode (‘Arise, arise, arise!’)

A. An Ode, Written, October, 1819, before the Spaniards had recovered their Liberty B. Ode for Music

chapter 245|2 pages

‘Gather from the uttermost’

chapter 246|2 pages

‘If I walk in Autumn even’

chapter 247|2 pages

‘A swift and hidden Spirit of decay’

chapter 248|3 pages

‘The memory of the good is ever green’

chapter 249|1 pages

‘His bushy, wide and ?[solid beard]’

chapter 250|2 pages

‘The vale is like a vast Metropolis’

chapter 251|6 pages

Ode to Heaven

chapter 252|4 pages

To S[idmouth] and C[astlereagh]

chapter 254|4 pages

‘My lost William, thou in whom’

[To William Shelley]

chapter 255|4 pages

England in 1819

chapter 256|2 pages

‘’Twas the 20th of October’

chapter 259|13 pages

Ode to the West Wind

chapter 260|2 pages

‘Is not today enough? [why do I peer]’

chapter 261|3 pages

‘Child of Despair and Desire’

chapter 264|4 pages

Love’s Philosophy

chapter 265|2 pages

‘An infant in a boat without a helm’

chapter 266|3 pages

‘Sucking hydras hashed in sulphur’

chapter 267|2 pages

‘A Poet of the finest water’

chapter 268|2 pages

‘Now the day has died away’

chapter 271|3 pages

‘Thou art fair, and few are fairer’

[To Sophia]

chapter 272|2 pages

To ——

(‘I fear thy kisses, gentle maiden’)

chapter 273|4 pages


(‘I pant for the music which is divine’)

chapter 274|5 pages

On a Dead Violet

To ——

chapter 274a|2 pages

‘Follow to the deep wood, sweetest’

chapter 275|2 pages

Time Long Past

chapter 276|2 pages

‘Holy, my sweet love’

chapter 277|2 pages


chapter 279|2 pages

‘He wanders, like a day-appearing dream’

chapter 280|2 pages

God and the Devil

chapter 283|3 pages

An Exhortation

chapter 284|2 pages

‘It was a winter such as when birds die’

chapter 285|2 pages

‘At the creation of the Earth’

[The Birth of Pleasure]

chapter 286|2 pages

An Allegory

chapter 288|4 pages

The Question——

chapter 290|8 pages

A Satire upon Satire

chapter 291|4 pages


To the Men of England

chapter 292|5 pages

To ——

(‘Corpses are cold in the tomb’)

chapter 294|1 pages

‘O thou power, the swiftest’

chapter 295|2 pages

‘By the everlasting God’

chapter 296|30 pages

The Sensitive-Plant

chapter 297|1 pages

‘What if the suns and stars and Earth’

chapter 298|1 pages

‘If the clouds which roof the sky’

chapter 300|4 pages


chapter 302|2 pages

‘Thou at Whose Dawn the Everlasting Sun’

chapter 304|1 pages

‘O thou, Immortal Deity’

chapter 305|3 pages

To ———

[Lines to a Reviewer]

chapter 306|2 pages

‘una vallata verde’

chapter 308|2 pages

‘Is it that in some ?[happier] sphere

chapter 309|2 pages

‘Is there more on earth than we’

chapter 310|1 pages

‘I sing of one I knew not’

chapter 311|6 pages

‘Arethusa arose’

chapter 312|2 pages

‘Arethusa was a maiden’

chapter 313|5 pages

‘God save the Queen!’

[A New National Anthem]

chapter 314|2 pages

Dante’s Purgatorio Canto I, 1–6

chapter 316|3 pages


(‘Rarely, rarely comest thou’)

chapter 317|4 pages

Song of Apollo

chapter 318|3 pages

Song of Pan

chapter 319|10 pages

The Cloud

chapter 320|1 pages

‘Like a black spider caught’

chapter 321|14 pages

A Vision of the Sea

chapter 322|41 pages

Ode to Liberty

chapter 324|4 pages

324 Evening. Ponte a Mare, Pisa

chapter 325|37 pages

Letter to Maria Gisborne

chapter 326|2 pages

‘It was a bright and cheerful afternoon’

chapter 327|2 pages

‘Ever round around thee flowering’

chapter 328|4 pages

To Music

(‘Silver key of the fountains of tears’)

chapter 329|1 pages

‘In isles of odoriferous pines’

chapter 330|11 pages

To a Sky-Lark

chapter 331|6 pages

Dante’s Purgatorio Canto XXVIII, 1–51

[Matilda Gathering Flowers]

chapter 332|1 pages

‘[?] [sweet flower that I had sung]’

chapter 333|9 pages

A Ballad

(‘Young Parson Richards stood at his gate’)

chapter 333|4 pages

A Ballad: Appendix

chapter 333b|6 pages

A to — [the Lord Chancellor]

chapter 335|4 pages

To —

[Lines to a Critic]

chapter 336|36 pages

Hymn to Mercury

chapter 337|3 pages


chapter 339|3 pages

‘Where art thou, beloved Tomorrow?’


chapter 340|3 pages

‘If the good money which I lent to thee’

chapter 341|65 pages

The Witch of Atlas

chapter 342|8 pages

Sonnet: Political Greatness

chapter 343|25 pages

Ode to Naples

chapter 345|2 pages

‘Bound in my hollow heart they lie’

chapter 347|2 pages

‘I stood upon a heaven-cleaving turret’

chapter 348|2 pages

‘Eagle! why soarest thou above that tomb?’

[Spirit of Plato]

chapter 349|2 pages

To Zanthippe

chapter 350|2 pages

‘A man who was about to hang himself’


chapter 351|2 pages

‘Kissing Helena, together’

chapter 352|2 pages

To Stella

chapter 353|2 pages

‘[Archeanassa, thou of Colophon]’

chapter 354|1 pages

‘The lancinated gossamers were glancing’

chapter 357|2 pages

‘The death knell is ringing’

chapter 358|2 pages

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