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- DescriptionPercy Bysshe Shelley's narrative poem Laon and Cythna is about a failed revolution-or is it? Laon and Cythna was quickly suppressed by Shelley's publisher, who feared he would be prosecuted for its revolutionary ideas and its depiction of incest between the two title characters, a brother and sister. The two lead a rebellion against the Sultan of a city called Islam, which is liberated briefly before being recaptured by the Sultan's armies. Laon and Cythna are burnt at the stake, or seem to be: just before they die, they are spirited away to a mysterious island, where the poet who recounts their story meets and talks to them. The poem asks what it means for a political movement to succeed, or to fail, and presents Shelley's revolutionary ideas in a suspenseful narrative. Historical appendices provide context for Shelley's political and philosophical works, the poem's feminist ideals, and the treatment of Asia and the Middle East in Romantic literature.
- Author BiographyPercy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822) was a British poet, essayist, and translator. Anahid Nersessian is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
- Author(s)Percy Bysshe Shelley
- PublisherBroadview Press Ltd
- Date of Publication30/01/1982
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Series TitleBroadview Editions
- Place of PublicationPeterborough
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintBroadview Press Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight363 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byAnahid Nersessian
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