He's going from the ground to the sky. Thus he feels comfortable being vulnerable to the Wind even though it is wild. He is asking this spirit to hear his pleas. It may be better to describe Shelley before I try to interpret the poem. The imagery of the poem suggests a natural phenomenon that is observed while it is taking place. He the best known for classic anthology verse works such as Ode to the West Wind and The Masque of Anarchy Shelley, Percy www. The last canto differs from that.
The west wind is a spirit, as is the skylark. I fall upon the thorns of life! Shelley, despite having suffered indifference at close quarters, firmly believed that his ideas could help people overcome the stagnation they were in. Even if the city does seem to be there, it is less significant to the poem's more significant purpose of suggesting creative, swirling energy in the form of west wind. He moved to Lake District of England to study. He then mentions his own childhood. These angels of rain and lightening reveal that a storm is on the way. Thus imagery contributes to the dynamic emotiveness of a force which is moving everywhere.
It is this violent wind which with a rush sweeps and. The poet transforms himself with the west wind hoping that his ideas will spread and bring spring to others. Shelley then begins to use human like characteristics to relate nature to our stories and experiences. In the final stanza, again we're focused on the speaker: 'Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is: What if my leaves are falling like its own? However this scene is also sweet and comforting. The poem's main idea is held in suspension for 56 lines before the reader sees exactly what Shelley is saying to the west wind, and why he's saying it. Publications of the Arkansas Philological Association, 8. Be thou me, impetuous one! The Spring is seen blowing her clarion over the dreaming earth.
Even though the wind is seen as a destroyer, the West Wind destroys to preserve. Each stanza is fourteen lines in length, using the rhyming pattern of aba bcb cdc ded ee. The poet pleads with the west wind to endow him with some of its power, for he feels depressed and helpless. Shelley also has a strong desire to be like the wind so that his words will be spread throughout mankind. In punishment, according to Hesiod's account, Zeus chained Prometheus on a mountain and gave him unending torment, as an eagle fed from his constantly restored liver. It can objectively take away life in one season and lay nature to its death; while spurring reproduction to bestow life in another season. If he were possessed of some of the power of the west wind, he would be inspired to write poetry which the world would read and by which it would be spiritually renewed, just as the renewal which is spring succeeds the dormancy of winter.
The speaker is clearly contrasting the strength of the wind to his own weakness that has come upon him as he has aged. Being set in Autumn, Shelley observes the changing of the weather and its effects on the internal and external environment. The West Wind acts as a driving force for change and rejuvenation in the human and natural world. The first major devices Shelley incorporates throughout his poem, is the usage of metaphors and similes. This probably refers to the fact that the line between the sky and the stormy sea is indistinguishable and the whole space from the horizon to the zenith is covered with trailing storm clouds. Although the Wind can be dangerous and wild it is not deliberately cruel. Shelley spent the majority of his life in England where he was born to an upper class family.
The poem's main idea is held in suspension for 56 lines before the reader sees exactly what Shelley is saying to the west wind, and why he's saying it. He attended Eton for his primary education and Oxford University until he was expelled for the publication of The Necessity of Atheism. The imagery in line 11 demands the reader's own creative contribution. He doesn't want bleak mortality but like the leaves experience the seasons. The Unextinguished Hearth: Shelley and His Contemporary Critics. The West Wind carves chasms on the surface of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through which it enters the ocean and makes the vegetation below the ocean turn gray with fear as they tremble and shake under the powerful impact of this fierce wind. In the first four sections Shelley addresses the west wind in three different… 801 Words 3 Pages Philosophical Poem.
What the wind has the power to do, Shelley couldn't have even strove for. The poem is rich in metaphors such as pestilence-stricken multitude, azure sister, wild spirit, night dome of a vast sepulchre, oozy woods, sapless foliage, etc. Maybe, but the main focus of this poem is not just religion, but what religion stands for which is death and rebirth. Shelley draws a parallel between the seasonal cycles of the wind and that of his ever-changing spirit. The leaves are pale and falling leaving a sad bare tree. The marriage was short lived and Shelley quickly fell in love with Mary Godwin. Stanza 5 Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere; Destroyer and Preserver; hear, O hear! From line 26 to line 36 he gives an image of nature.
He imagines that he were a dead leaf which the wind might carry away, or a cloud which the wind might blow. In the Romantic era, it was common to associate genius with an attendant spirit or force of nature from which the genius came; the Romantics perceived the artist as a vessel through which the genius flows. The fact that it was written near Florence, Dante's city, may explain why Shelley used terza nina, the stanza of Dante's Divine Comedy, but rare in English poetry, in the ode. It is almost certain that the poet wanted the reader to consider the meaning of these lines as there are frequent commas causing pauses, which create emphasis. He feels himself to be part of a continuing cycle.
Like a loud harmonious trumpet e. Night is like a dome encompassing the entire earth in its darkness. It can do things that man has been envious of and also terrified of throughout the centuries. So it goes exactly like this: 'O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being, Thou from whose unseen presence the leaves dead Are driven like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing' You can see we start with that A-B-A; we've got 'being,' 'dead' and then 'fleeing. The poem was published in 1820 and it's one of the poems in the collection that includes Prometheus Unbound. By stealing fire from heaven, Prometheus enabled humanity to found civilization. Certainly the author wants to dramatise the atmosphere so that the reader recalls the situation of canto one to three.
He also wishes that the oppressed masses were like it. But if we look closer at line 36, we realise that the sentence is not what it appears to be at first sight, because it obviously means, so sweet that one feels faint in describing them. He did 'Nightengale' and 'Grecian Urn. In the poem it was symbolizes by dead leaves and storms. One more thing that one should mention is that this canto sounds like a kind of prayer or confession of the poet. The use of future tense 'will' reminds us that the ode is indeed a 'prophecy'.