Adonais (Classic Reprint)

Adonais (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 1331489512

ISBN 13: 9781331489511

Publication Date: April 23, 2018

Publisher: Forgotten Books

Pages: 170

Format: Paperback

Author: William Michael Rossetti

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Excerpt from Shelley Adonais
Adonais is the first writing by Shelley which has been included in the Clarendon Press Series. It is a poem of convenient length for such a purpose, being neither short nor decidedly long; and - leaving out of count some of the short poems - is the single one by this author which approaches to being 'popular.' It is elevated in sentiment, classical in form, - in substance, biographical in relation to Keats, and in some minor degree autobiographical for Shelley himself. On these grounds it claimed a reasonable preference over all his other poems, for the present method of treatment; although some students of Shelley, myself included, might be disposed to maintain that, in point of absolute intrinsic beauty and achievement, and of the qualities most especially characteristic of its author, it is not superior, or indeed is but barely equal, to some of his other compositions. To take, for instance, two poems not very different in length from Adonais - The Witch of Atlas is more original, and Epipsychidion more abstract in ideal.
I have endeavoured to present in my introductory matter a comprehensive account of all particulars relevant to Adonais itself, and to Keats as its subject, and Shelley as its author. The accounts here given of both these great poets are of course meagre, but I assume them to be not insufficient for our immediate and restricted purpose.
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