A FANTASTIC WAY TO ENCOUNTER SHELLEY
'SHELLEY'S GOLDEN YEARS IN ITALY' -
A NEW DVD BY SONGWRITER AND
SHELLEY SPECIALIST JOHN WEBSTER
ACCLAIMED BY ONE OF BRITAIN’S
‘No English literature lesson could possibly convey
so much,or so fire enthusiasm to know more.
It’s beautifully made, and the settings of the lyrics
are brilliant. Above all you brought out Shelley’s
thought - about society and mankind’s possible future.
I haven’t watched a CD that gives so much
pleasure and instruction for ages.
It would be a godsend for students at the sixth form
or undergraduate level. I wish it had been around
when I was that age.’
- Professor John Carey
With lyrics from Shelley poems woven into a cycle
of nine songs, context and background laid out
though a narrative voiced by Benjamin Zephaniah,
and imagery based on Shelley’s life in Italy,
John’s DVD is a great way to touch base with Shelley,
inform new audiences about his life and work,
and enhance students’ understanding
of Shelley and his era.
Ideal for private study, use in a class or group
to stimulate discussion and reflection,
and for deepening understanding of the
political and historical changes
that affected the poetry of the era.
£9.95 plus £1.95 p&p (U.K.)
Tel: 01865 765436.
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TRACK LISTING (hear song samples here):
1. Paradise of Exiles – Shelley on the water in Italy, together with his thoughts.
Featuring lyrics from The Boat on the Serchio, Julian and Maddalo, Hellas and Adonais.
2. Rise like Lions – the poet’s response to the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.
Lyrics from Song to the Men of England and The Mask of Anarchy
3. Wild Spirit – Shelley renews himself and his humanistic mission.
Lyrics from the Ode to the West Wind
4. The Pine Forest – a collection of his later love lyrics
The Indian Serenade; The Pine Forest of the Cascine near Pisa;
When the lamp is shattered; To Jane: The Recollection
5. The Triumph of Life – from his last unfinished masterwork
6. Immortal Deity - navigating Shelley’s thinking on humanity and spirituality.
With lyrics from Queen Mab (adapted from notes)
The Defence of Poetry; Immortal Deity.
7. The Funeral – Shelley’s death and cremation, adapted from a contemporary account
with lyrics by John Webster.
8. Adonais – A selection of Shelley’s writings on mortality
To Stella (adapted from Plato's epigram translated by Shelley);
Adonais, the Ode to the West Wind
9. The World’s Great Age – Ending on the utopian – what Shelley projected into the future.
Hellas, Prometheus Unbound, Act III; The Question,
The Revolt of Islam, Queen Mab, Lines written among the Euganean Hills