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Whilst the greatest effort has been made to ensure the quality of this text, due to the historical nature of this content, in some rare cases there may be minor issues with legibility. Prometheus Unbound: A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts is written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, who is considered one of the English language's greatest lyrical poets, with W.B. Yeats referring to this work as among the sacred books of the world. Considered a closet drama, that is one that was never intended to be presented on stage, Prometheus Unbound is one of the best known works of this prolific and heralded poet and author.< br>
Prometheus Unbound is a retelling of the Greek classic Promethia, a story told over three plays by tragedian Aeschylus. It is the tale of Prometheus, a Greek titan who faces suffering and torment at the hands of Zeus for having given fire to humans. As the title suggests, Shelley's work deals with Prometheus' release from Zeus' imprisonment and subsequent life afterwards.
The language contained within this work is simply beautiful. It quickly becomes clear to the reader why this is considered to be perhaps the greatest work by one of the great Romantic poets. The images created by Shelley's words leap off the page and into the mind of the reader. As with most epic poems, Prometheus Unbound is no simple read. This is not a text for those unprepared for study and analysis. The morality of the play remains in question to this day, with critics divided on Shelley's ultimate lesson.
A true classic, Prometheus Unbound is a tour-de-force by one of the masters of the language. For those that enjoy epic poetry, there are few works as worthy of your attention and analysis. Highly recommended.