The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Shelley’s Revolt of Islam

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The world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Shelley’s The Revolt of Islam.

Laon and Cythna – enslaved under the despotic Ottoman empire – incite the common-folk to resist their tyrannical overlords. The overlords fight back – employing (amongst other means) inquisitorial-like methods via the religious establishment to round-up and torture opponents. Cythna and Laon surrender themselves to the cruel flames – but is this the story’s end?

  • Do Laon and Cythna discover a world beyond death?
  • When the common-folk rise throughout the empire – can its tyrants remain in power?

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