Read by Bertie Carvel
Idealist, atheist, outcast, political radical and, of course, poet – Percy Bysshe Shelley was, in many ways, the epitome of the Romantic artist. His poetry was an outlet for his passionately-held and highly unpopular beliefs; beliefs which resulted in social exclusion, exile, and possibly even his premature death at the age of twenty-nine. His work is a monument to his convictions and to the power of the human spirit, and today it is recognised as a key contribution to Romantic literature. This anthology contains many of his best-known poems, including Ozymandias, The Mask of Anarchy and To a Skylark, as well as excerpts from (among others) Prometheus Unbound and Adonaïs, all read by Bertie Carvel, one of the most talented English actors of his generation.
The Great Poets series launched in 2007 has proved very popular, offering many of the best-loved poems by popular poets in an inexpensive 1 CD collection ? and well read by leading actors. This anthology, containing poems that many can still recite, will undoubtedly prove among the top-sellers. The collection includes including Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark