Critical appreciation of the poem ‘Ode to the West Wind ‘.

Topics: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poetry, Wind Pages: 14 (5892 words) Published: June 1, 2014
The Romantic Phenomenon with Human Reformation-

(After having a straight answer, as referred to many links, this time I thought let the introductory mode be something different before to start of the same eternal truth of the answer-decorum.)

“Make me thy lyre, ev'n as the forest is:
What if my leaves are falling like its own!
The tumult of thy mighty harmonies
Will take from both a deep autumnal tone,
weet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce,
My spirit! be thou me, impetuous one!
Drive my dead thoughts over the universe,
Like wither'd leaves, to quicken a new birth;
And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguish'd hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawaken'd earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
[The Stanza has taken from a Web-Link.]

[The romantic blend of Shelley’s transformation of his thoughts into the realm of his disciplinarian nature, sometimes proves to be notorious makes Shelley analyse on the mountain crest “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” I simply tried to bring out the felicity of Shelley’s orientation as not only a Romantic Nature lover but also as a reformer- the pandemonium of Shelley’s allegorical message to the human society, the human angelic world- “Scatter, as from an unextinguish'd hearth

Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!”]-

The Way I thought of the following answer, with a personal view and setting respectively as mentioned above, the below of the original-verse.

Critical appreciation of the poem ‘Ode to the West Wind ‘.

“Thunder is good; thunder is impressive. But it is lightening that does the work.” The poem ‘’Ode to the West Wind’’ was written in the autumn of 1819, in the beautiful Cascine Gardens outside Florence and was published with ‘‘Prometheus Unbound’’ in 1820. The poet is himself in a mood of despondency and misery and says that he falls upon the thorns of life and is bleeding. He is seeking reawakening also through the poem and wants the wind to carry his dead thoughts and ideas like it has taken the leaves and wants fresh ideas to take birth. This is possible only if he first gets rid of stale ideas and thoughts and learns to replace them with new ones. In that sense even the poet is feeling a sort of intellectual deaths and is desirous of being given a new lease of life. “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 wild 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 regions.” Nothing can surpass Shelley’s poetic description of himself in ‘Adonais’, as a ‘frail form’, ‘a phantom among men’, ‘companionless’ as ‘the last cloud of an expiring storm’- “The weight of the superincumbent hour,

It is a dying lamp, a falling shower;
A breaking billow;”
The life of Shelley lays worlds apart from that of Byron. His treatment of Harriet apart, his private life was not vicious, but on the contrary in many respects exemplary. As far as the ideas, which he sang, were capable of application to life, he applied them in his own conduct. He preached the equality of man and he proved that he was willing to practice it. He was generous and benevolent to a fault. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

Shelley holds a unique place in English literature by virtue of his power of making myths out of the objects and forces of Nature. Clutton-Brock has discussed in detail Shelley’s myth-making power as revealed in the...
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