Selected Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley: Edited with Introduction and Notes (Classic Reprint)
Fb&c Limited, Sep 22, 2016 - 356 pages
Excerpt from Selected Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley: Edited With Introduction and Notes
NO one can attempt to deal with Shelley in editorial fashion without being conscious at almost every step of the great value of Professor Dowdell's biography of the poet, and ot much of the 3ther material men tioned in the Bibliography. I have tried, however, in preparing the Introduction and Notes, to maintain that independence of judgment which should charac terize all Shelleyans, and to produce a text suitable indeed for student use, and conforming to classroom requirements, yet based on other than formally peda gogic principles. Literature, it seems, is not getting itself taught in our higher schools as vitally as we would like, despite immense critical apparatus. Is it because we are too judicial? Is it because a poem, like a person, invites affection before it yields its con.
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