© 1997

Shelley’s Poetry

The Divided Self


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Simon Haines
    Pages 1-55
  3. Simon Haines
    Pages 56-95
  4. Simon Haines
    Pages 96-126
  5. Simon Haines
    Pages 127-162
  6. Simon Haines
    Pages 163-193
  7. Simon Haines
    Pages 194-239
  8. Simon Haines
    Pages 240-246
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 247-276

About this book


Shelley's detractors since Hazlitt have noticed a division in the 'self' of his poems. A central reasoning core fears the passions surrounding it and distrusts the language expressing it. A few of his admirers offer an alternative view of the poems as symbolical pointers to a non-linguistic reality transcending passion; most miss the point, justifying their admiration by referring to the poems' systems of thought. This reading of Shelley's major poems and critical prose finds the adverse case more convincing.


Percy Bysshe Shelley poem poetry prose

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  1. 1.Department of EnglishAustralian National UniversityAustralia

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