Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" - A Discussion
GRIN Verlag, 2010 - 36 pages
Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Seminar fur Englische Philologie, Abteilung Anglistik), course: English Romanticism, language: English, abstract: This seminar paper will discuss Percy Bysshe Shelley's poems "Ode to the West Wind." The ode written in 1819 is probably ..". the best known of his poems, ..." Among the English romantic poets Shelley (1792- 1822) occupies the role of a revolutionary. He was a political visionary committed to social change and progress. During his whole life he defended an ideal and extreme political position towards institutions, Christianity, state, marriage, trade etc. This attitude also influenced his poetry: it was visionary, too. Its aim was to show the people the way to freedom and happiness. The task of this paper is to show the important features of the 'Ode to the West Wind' and to demonstrate in which way the 'Ode to the West Wind' supports Shelley's image of a visionary. First the formal aspects of the poem will be discussed in detail. Then the poem is going to be interpreted. After the conclusion it will be explained how Shelley renewed the English ode and why the poem falls under the category of romantic literature."
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akademische Texte alliterative rhyme assonance awakener Black rain boyhood breath of Autumn’s Bysshe Shelley’s Ode ceaseless round change and progress colours dead leaves death destroyer and preserver discussion GRIN dying year’s elaborate stanza structure enchanter English enjambement Ernest Benn Limited everything in motion flowing and forward forward movement four the speaker GRIN Verlag heaven and ocean hectic red heroic couplet indicated sonnet last stanza last two stanzas leaf line 11 line 27 line 56 line 70 live-giving lyre Mediterranean metre nature’s participate the wind’s Peck London Percy Bysshe Shelley poet poet’s previous stanza rhyme scheme Roger Igpen romantic sets everything Shelley employs Shelley was able Shelley’s Poem Shelley’s Poetry Shelley’s word choice speaker wants stanza three stylistic devices Shelley supernatural and ghostly symbols tangled boughs tercet terza rima terzina Thine the wind’s thou three stanzas thy the wind’s visionary Walter E Wassermann 246 west wind wind’s instrument wintry bed Wordsworthian