Analysis Of The Poem ' Shelley 's Letter

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“So much for self -- self, that burr that will stick to one. I can 't get it off yet” (quoted in Frederick L. Jones [ed.], The Letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley, 2 vols., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964, II, 108-109). Shelley’s letter to Leigh Hunt in 1819 reflects his desire to escape from his self, the desire to abandon his own perspective in order to better experience the world around him. In his poetry, Shelley questions the possibility and validity of transcendent experiences as well as capturing the moment in language and structure that portrays the way he thinks. Shelley attempts to evade the self in Mont Blanc in order to better analyze nature’s transcendence and sublimity, although he cannot altogether evade human influence and perspective in his language while describing the mountain and its surroundings; therefore he concludes that nature’s transcendence relies on the imagination and perspective of the human mind. The usage of irregular rhyming in his verse form reflects Shelley’s attempt to capture the atmosphere of Mont Blanc. Refusing to adhere to a strict rhyme scheme throughout the poem reflects the chaotic elements and experience of viewing the mountain. The form of the poem, in particular the usage of five separate stanzas, also lends itself to the experience of viewing the mountain from multiple perspectives. These separate parts of the poem center around specific aspects of the mountain or the experience. For example, Part II reflects on the river…
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