Analysis Of The Poem ' Ode Of The West Wind '

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“Ode to the West Wind”, using various literary devices, proposes the question: How does the speaker, or Percy Shelley, perceive the west wind and what relationship does Shelley wish to obtain with the west wind in order to achieve his main goal? In Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind”, metaphors and similes, tone, and imagery reveal Shelley’s perception of the west wind as a powerful force of nature and his dire need to become like the wind in order to inspire the world that surrounds him.
The first major devices Shelley incorporates throughout his poem, is the usage of metaphors and similes. Shelley uses these devices in order to give the reader a better understanding of his own perception of the features of nature, particularly the west wind, and how those features relate to himself and his desires. In the first part of the poem, Shelley says “The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low/Each like a corpse within its grave, until/Thine azure sister of the spring shall blow” (Shelley 7-9). Shelley uses a simile in order to compare the way the seeds lay on the ground to dead bodies that just lay in their grave. This simile contributes to the overall dark tone the poem begins with and also helps the reader imagine the way in which the seeds are buried into the ground. At the end of the quote, the spring wind is seen by the reader as the uplifting spirit, the power which blows these dead like seeds from there dark place on the “cold and low” ground. Another simile used is…
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