Percy Bysshe Shelley: Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire

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  • Mark Sandy (University of Durham)

Published anonymously, in September 1810, under the title of Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire, this volume of collaborative poetry written with his sister, Elizabeth Shelley, appeared a month before Shelley was sent up to the University of Oxford. The collection comprised a poetical fragment and sixteen poems, five of which alleged to have been written by Cazire (Elizabeth Shelley) and the other eleven the work of Victor (Shelley). Elizabeth's contribution to the volume appears to have consisted of three sentimental lyrics and two verse epistles. Shelley contributed a further seven mawkish lyrics, four poems on a Gothic theme, and a politically charged piece entitled “The Irishman's Song”.

A number of Shelley'…

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Sandy, Mark. "Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
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