Epic Experiments

Jack Donovan

in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Epic Experiments

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This chapter analyses the poems Queen Mab (1813) and Laon and Cythna (1817). Queen Mab is an eclectic mix of literary forms and features, a notable instance of the generic hybrid frequent in the poetry of the Romantic period. For decades after Shelley's death it was the most influential of his major poems. In contrast, Laon and Cythna was the least read, and remains so.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; English poets; Romantic poets; poems

Article.  8447 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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