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Relics of Shelley
by Richard Garnett
Binding: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.51 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 1110586485
ISBN 13: 9781110586486
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: u THE MAGIC PLANT. THE readers of Shelley's writings will remember, among the poems of 1822, a fragment of a romantic drama which, Mrs. Shelley tells us, was 'undertaken for the amusement of the individuals who composed our intimate society, but left unfinished.' A close scrutiny, however, of one of Shelley's numerous MS. books has revealed the existence of much more of this piece than has hitherto been suspected to exist. By far the larger portion of this, forming an episode complete in itself, is here made public, under the title of '' The Magic Plant.' To have published the remainder would have involved the necessity of reproducing the whole of what had previously been printed : it has been thought preferable to await the appearance of a new edition of Shelley's complete works. The little drama of which this charming sport of fancy forms a portion was written at Pisa, during the late winter or early spring of 1822. The episode of 'The Magic Plant' was obviously suggested by the pleasure Shelley received from the plants grown in doors in his Pisan dwelling, which, he says, in a letter written in January, 1822, ' turn the sunny winter into spring.' See also the poem of '' The Zucca,' composed about the same time. Lady. Methought a star came down from heaven, And rested 'mid the plants of India, Which I had given a shelter from the frost Within my chamber. There the meteor lay, Panting forth light among the leaves and flowers, As if it lived, and was outworn with speed; Or that it loved, and passion made the pulse Of its bright life throb like an anxious heart, Till it diffused itself, and all the chamber And walls seemed melted into emerald fire That burned not; in the midst of which appeared A spirit like a child, and laughed aloud A thrilling peal of such s...


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