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The Poems of Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Scarce avails night aught to me;
E'en the visions that I see
Come but in a mournful guise;

And I feel this silent smart

In my heart
With creative pow'r arise.

During many a beauteous year
I have seen ships 'neath me steer,
As they seek the shelt'ring bay;

But, alas, each lasting smart

In my heart
Floats not with the stream away.

I must wear a gala dress,
Long stored up within my press,
For to-day to feasts is given;

None know with what bitter smart

Is my heart
Fearfully and madly riven.

Secretly I weep each tear,
Yet can cheerful e'en appear,
With a face of healthy red;

For if deadly were this silent smart

In my heart,
Ah, I then had long been dead!
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Community Reviews

Shelley is my favourite poet.He was a true revolutionary.All his works are very endearing and also infuse the "revolutionary" spirit in one's heart.He was really on a cosmic scale.Sublime!

Shelley is the best lyricist in poetic history. In my humble opinion anyway. It's a shame that he's overshadowed all the time by his wife, but he is once again slowly being recognised as one of the greater romantic poets..

T.S. Eliot can say what he wants. Shelley towers over him.

Reading his biography one can't help but pity or despise him.
Reading his poetry one can't help but fall in love with him.

Please can I rip all the pages out of this book and rub them all over my body?

Over the next year you’re going to see a lot of updates from me about Percy Shelley
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Shelley was a great man. He was a visionary. He was a genius. He saw the world, and he understood it. He saw beyond the idiotic structures that man has built; he saw beyond society and people: he saw to the very hea

If you like Romance and Death and Sadness and Woe and Grandeur and Misery and Longing and Truth...

and strenuous capitalization of the Abstract.

and c'mon, you know you do!

He's great, or 'Great,' I guess. Still, like cheesecake, Shelley's a little rich for me. Moreover, I feel like Romanticism created plenty of its own Ozymandiuses with its big ideas and its fierce self-regard.

Before I get going on this review, let me link to the reviews I've already done of Shelley's longer (or more famous) works:
"Ozymandias"
"Alastor"
Prometheus Unbound

The Cenci

"Adonais"
"The Witch of Atlas"

It's been a while since I really gave time to one poet in the way that I used to be able to

The central thematic concerns of Shelley’s poetry are largely the same themes that defined Romanticism, especially among the younger English poets of Shelley’s era: beauty, the passions, nature, political liberty, creativity, and the sanctity of the imagination. What makes Shelley’s treatment of the

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