Attacked by T.S. Eliot and F.R. Leavis, Shelley's poetry has, over the last few decades, enjoyed a revival of critical interest. His radical politics and arrestingly original poetic strategies have been studied from a variety of perspectives - formalist, deconstructionist, new historicist, feminist and others. Of all the Romantics, Shelly has benefited most from the so-called 'theoretical revolution', as is borne out by the wide range of recent critical work represented in this volume. The 134 essays selected analyse many of Shelley's finest poems, including Alastor, Julian and Maddalo, Prometheus Unbound, Adonais and The Triumph of Life. Michael O'Neill's informed Introduction explores the contours of this debate. Detailed headnotes to the individual essays, explanations of difficult terms, and a further reading section provide invaluable guides to the reader. This collection illuminates the enduring and contemporary significance of the work of a major poet.

chapter 1|26 pages


ByMichael O’neill

chapter 2|16 pages

Destructive Creativity: Alastor (1815)*

ByTimothy Clark

chapter 3|13 pages

Shelley's Mont Blanc: What the Mountain Said 1

ByFrances Ferguson

chapter 4|14 pages

Shelley's Doubles: An Approach to Julian and Maddalo *

ByKelvin Everest

chapter 5|22 pages

Unchaining Mythography: Prometheus Unbound *

ByJerrold E. Hogle

chapter 6|17 pages

Shelley's Perplexity [Prometheus Unbound]*

ByIsobel Armstrong

chapter 7|13 pages

The Politics of Reception [The Cenci] 1

ByWilliam A. Ulmer

chapter 8|18 pages

The Exoteric Political Poems*

ByStephen C. Behrendt

chapter 9|12 pages

The Dramatic Lyric [‘Ode to the West Wind’] 1

ByRonald Tetreault

chapter 10|24 pages

Love's Universe: Epipsychidion *

ByStuart M. Sperry

chapter 11|22 pages

Last Clouds: A Reading of ‘Adonais’ 1

ByPeter Sacks

chapter 12|20 pages

Shelley's Last Lyrics*

ByWilliam Keach

chapter 13|23 pages

Shelley's ‘The Triumph of Life’ 1

ByJ. Hillis Miller