ƒæWhat is the tone of Stanza I? Explain.
Stanza I has a tone of calm and sensuality created in it. The poet is only depicting the real image he sees in front of him, explain the monotony of an Autumn Day "conversing" with the Wind. There are no feelings involved in the depiction of the nature.
ƒæHow is the wind both destructive and preserver?
Shelley characterizes it as a destructive and fearsome force, yet it is also a harbinger of the inevitable coming of Spring. It is, therefore, both Destroyer and Creator, and Shelley sees the West Wind as a symbol of the regeneration which will follow the destruction and "death" of Winter. The West Wind is celebrated as a harbinger of new creation, manifested in Spring, and also feared for its destructiveness and great power.
ƒæWhat is the tone of Stanza II? How does the author describe the clouds?
In Stanza II we find the poet to be rather uncertain and concerned with the violence and terror of air storms. This would also be the tone of this stanza. Shelley seeks to emphasize the terrifying darkness of the storm scene, with its darkness and associations with death. The clouds are described as being dark, stormy, foreshadowing a bad, ill - tempered mood or aura.
ƒæWhy is the poet using the imagery of waves in this poem about the Wind? What is the relationship between the Wind and the waves?
The waves are powerful just like the winds are. They forcefully hit anything they encounter. The Wind and the waves disturb the monotony of nature, annoying and disturbing it, sharing this way one similar characteristic. The waves' power is similar to the one that the Wind has.
ƒæWhat is the author asking for in Stanza IV?
Shelley likes himself, to a leaf, a cloud, and a wave, subject to the force of the West Wind, and asks to be borne aloft with it. He is asking, in effect, for a return to the raw power and energy he felt and knew as a child. In other words, Shelley is asking the force that provides inspiration...
..."Ode to the WestWind," Shelley invokes Zephyrus, the westwind, to free his "dead thoughts" and words, "as from an unextinguished hearth / Ashes and sparks" (63, 66-67), in order to prophesy a renaissance among humanity, "to quicken a new birth" (64). This ode, one of a few personal lyrics published with his great verse drama, "Prometheus Unbound," identifies Shelley with his heroic, tormented Titan. By stealing fire from heaven, Prometheus enabled humanity to found civilization. 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. Shelley completed both his dramatic poem and "Ode to the WestWind" in autumn 1819 in Florence, home of the great Italian medieval poet, Dante. The autumn wind Shelley celebrates in this ode came on him, standing in the Arno forest near Florence, just as he was finishing "Prometheus Unbound." Dante's Divine Comedy had told an epic story of his ascent from Hell into Heaven to find his lost love Beatrice. Shelley's ode invokes a like ascent from death to life for his own spark-like, potentially firy thoughts and words. Like Prometheus, Shelley hopes that his fire, a free-thinking, reformist philosophy, will enlighten humanity and liberate it from intellectual and moral...
...ODE TO THE WESTWIND
The autumnal westwind sweeps along the leaves and "winged seeds." The seeds will remain dormant until spring. The wind is thus a destroyer and a preserver. The westwind also sweeps along storm clouds. It is the death song of the year. With the night that closes the year will come rain, lightning, and hail; there will be storms in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The poet pleads with the westwind to endow him with some of its power, for he feels depressed and helpless. If he were possessed of some of the power of the westwind, 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.
Shelley appended a note to the "Ode to the WestWind" when it appeared in the Prometheus Unbound volume in 1820: "This poem was conceived and chiefly written in a wood that skirts the Arno, near Florence, and on a day when that tempestuous wind, whose temperature is at once mild and animating, was collecting the vapours which pour down the autumnal rains. They began, as I foresaw, at sunset with a violent tempest of hail and rain, attended by that magnificent thunder and lightning peculiar to the cisalpine...
...Shelley’s Ode to the WestWind
Published in 1820, P.B. Shelley’s Ode to the WestWind, is a poem which allegorizes the role of the poet as the voice of change and revolution. Shelley realizes that he cannot in actual life, rise to the height of imaginative perfection, which was his dream. But it is his bold optimism that he invokes the WestWind to blow the clarion call to the ‘unawaken’d earth’ and to sow the seeds of hope of regeneration.
The poem begins with three stanzas describing the wind's effects upon earth, air, and ocean. The last two stanzas are Shelley speaking directly to the wind, asking for its power, to lift him like a leaf, a cloud or a wave and make him its companion in its wanderings. He asks the wind to take his thoughts and spread them all over the world so that the youth are awoken with his ideas. The poem ends with an optimistic note which is that if winter days are here then spring is not very far.
The poem begins with the poet’s apostrophizing the westwind. The poet uses the epithet ‘wild’ for the WestWind to refer to the untamable, swift, proud, fierce and impetuous spirit of the WestWind. The poet calls it the sustaining air of the autumn season. It is this violent wind which with a rush sweeps and...
...Theme :- Inspiration in "Ode to the WestWind"
"When composition begins, inspiration is already on the decline" - P. B. Shelley
Shelley deals with the theme of inspiration in much of his work. However it is particularly apparent in Ode to the WestWind' where the wind is the source of his creativity. The cycles of death and rebirth are examined in an historical context with reference to The Bible. The word inspiration has several connotations that Shelley uses in this Ode'. Inspiration is literally taking in breath' and wind, breath, soul and inspiration are all identical or related in Hebrew, Latin and Greek. They are all closely related in Ode to a WestWind'.
Shelley's adaptation of Dante's work is evident throughout most of his writing. In Ode to the WestWind' it is quite apparent. He was writing this poem in a wood on the outskirts of Arno, near Florence, which is Dante's hometown. The use of the terza rima poem is
Shelley's most obvious adaptation of Dante and he relies upon Dantesque ideas to write his poetry. The image of the leaves being blown by the wind "like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing"(l.3) depends on the Inferno in Paradiso for the image to have an effect on the reader.
Analysis of “Ode to the WestWind”
I chose the poem Ode to The WestWind by Percy Bysshe Shelley because I was attracted to the many images Shelley painted in the poem. Nature is a very interesting and powerful force and the way Shelley portrays it in this poem really caught my attention. Shelley also emphasizes the importance of words and their potential impact on a society if shared. This is a concept I found quite intriguing.
In my research, I found that when Shelley wrote this poem he was visiting Italy. Throughout the poem, I noticed many references to Italy such as his account of the “blue Mediterranean” and Baiae’s bay in stanza III. I also noticed a large theme surrounding the topic of death and new life. Shelley wrote this poem shortly after the death of his son. He will often use winter as a metaphor for death. In the last line of the poem he asks for new life by saying “O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” He also mentions Heaven in stanzas IV and II, transforming the wind into a divine being. When Shelley wrote this Ode he was not only grieving for his son but the lives lost in his home country of England as this was also written shortly after the Peterloo Masacre. Shelley considered himself to be a revolutionary and wanted his words to be spread and make a change. I saw this in the last stanza of the poem when...
Imagery in Shelley’s Ode To The WestWindOde to the WestWind is a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley that shows the correspondence between the inner and the outer world of the poet. It is among his famous poems. The major theme of the poem is the poet’s intention to become a force that may bring the change and rejuvenation in man’s life. This theme is metaphorically shown by the rejuvenation of nature through the westwind as an agent. It is described through his excellent use of imagery in it. One may examine the excellence in the usage of imagery through the way it progresses from the beginning till the end.The poem commences with the imagery of the earth, shifting its attention to the air, then moving towards the water, and finally ending at the fire. Thus, the westwind affects all the four elements of the universe: earth, air, fire and water. All these images are conjured up in one thing-the poet-prophet figure.
Before discussing these four imageries, it is necessary, at first, to discuss the symbol of the westwind itself. The westwind symbolizes a force, may be of the God or Christ like figure or of any powerful might that could dominate even the most powerful elements-earth, air, fire, and water. The speaker wants to be both the...
..." Ode to the WestWind" was written by Percy Bysshe Shelley shortly before his death in 1822. Shelley spent the majority of his life in England where he was born to an upper class family. He attended Eton for his primary education and Oxford University until he was expelled for the publication of The Necessity of Atheism. Shortly after being expelled, Shelley married a commoner named Harriet Westbrook, which upset his family because of his wife's low social standing. The marriage was short lived and Shelley quickly fell in love with Mary Godwin. Shelley continued writing throughout his life and his most notable works include "Ozamandias", "Laon and Cythna", and "Rosalind and Helen". Mary Shelley, Shelley's wife who was also involved in literature, wrote Frankenstein. In 1822 Shelley drowned in a boating accident in the Gulf of Spieza. Shelly is mainly noted as the most passionate of the Romantic writers and for his usage of experimental styles in poetry.
<br>"Ode to the WestWind" was written by Shelley on a day when the weather was unpredictable and windy, the poem reflects the mood of the weather and expresses Shelley's desire for creativeness and intellect. The first section of the poem focuses on the description of the colorful autumn leaves being stirred by the wind. The line " Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere; Destroyer and preserver.." shows the...
...Ode to the WestWind is a poem addressed to the westwind. It is personified both as a "Destroyer" and a "Preserver". It is seen as a great power of nature that destroys in order to create, that kills the unhealthy and the decaying to make way for the new and the fresh.
The personification of the westwind as an enchanter, as a wild spirit is characteristic of Shelley's poetry. Shelley's personification of the westwind can be called "myth poesies", another kind of metaphor.
The poem is divided into five stanzas or parts. Each part consists of 14 lines. The rhyming scheme is aba, bcb, cdc, ded; and a rhyming concept at the end.
1. Stanza 1
2. Stanza 2
3. Stanza 3
4. Stanza 4
5. Stanza 5
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The poet addresses the westwind as "Wild" and the "Breath of Autumn's Being." It is a powerful force which drives the dead leaves which are yellow, black, pale and hectic red, to distant places like ghosts from an enchanter. The westwind carries winged seeds to their dark wintery beds underground which remain there till the westwinds sister in the spring season blows and these seeds then blossom into sweet, scented flowers. The earth then will be alive with these living lives or colours and scents or fragrances. In this way the...