Analysis of Shelley's Ode To the West Wind :: Ode to …

As a Romantic poet, Shelley often used connected nature to spirit, and did that using examples of personification in his poems Ode to the West Wind and To a Skylark....

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And it definitely helps achieve Shelley's intended

climax when he asks with hope: "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

(70).This sentence could be rewritten substituting the word death, for the word

"Winter," and the word rebirth, could take the place of "spring."



Shelley, like all of the Romantic poets, constantly tries to achieve a

transcendence to sublime. In "Ode to the West Wind," Shelley uses the wind as

a power of change that flow through history, civilization, religions and human

life itself. Does the wind help Shelley achieve his transcendence? It seems

it has in some sense, but Shelley never achieves his full sublime. In poems

such as "Stanzas written in Dejection Near Naples" Shelley uses images of

"lightning" (15) and "flashing" (16) which help demonstrate that he can only

attain a partial sublime unlike a poet like William Wordsworth. Perhaps that's

why he tries to give rebirth to his individual imagination.

Ode to the West Wind Percy Bysshe Shelley

wrote "Ode to the West Wind" in 1819 while living in , Italy. To be exact, when he published the poem with his unperformable play in 1820, he claimed in a footnote to have written "Ode to the West Wind" while sitting in the woods near the Arno River on a windy day in October. Lucky man, we say, but although he loved Italy, he was feeling depressed about being detached from the political and social scene back in his native England. Many critics have suggested that this poem relates to that sense of powerlessness.

As a political, religious, and literary radical, Shelley was heavily invested in his own ability to influence society. Some poets need solitude and privacy and a retreat in the woods to do their best work, but Shelley needed stimulating arguments and social action. "Ode to the West Wind" is one of the poems in which he considers the role and power of the poet or philosopher to spread new ideas and effect change. It’s also, though you might find this difficult to believe, one of Shelley’s more accessible poems. Its brevity, smooth tone, and straightforward use of natural imagery present his abstract ideas about philosophy and poetry in a compact way. Think of it as Shelley’s own summary of himself – or at least one aspect of himself.

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