Essay on Ode to The West Wind: For Spring is Not Far Behind

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Commanding to be proclaimed upon a mountain-top, “Ode to the West Wind” is crafted with such a structure and style that even the seasoned literary connoisseur is overwhelmed. Boasting a lofty seventy lines, this masterpiece is no piece of cake to digest. Digging deeper into Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1819 composition, one can see the old cliché “when one door closes, another opens.” This theme is abundant throughout the work and also reaches its prime in the last line of the poem, “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind”. By means of composition, “Ode to the West Wind” is an intense combination of figurative language, sentence structure, cantos, sonnets, rhyme, and the list continues. As a start, take a look at Shelley’s use of…show more content…
This poem is the model to go by when looking to get something from another. All this goes back to sentence structure, because as the speaker inches closer to revealing what he wants, he starts breaking up his sentences more, portraying a slight nervousness about his request. There are no more one sentence cantos, there are six and eight sentence ones because the speaker has exhausted all of his flattery and has to come clean about his intentions. As a whole, this poem is not a sonnet. Broken down into cantos, it is. Consisting of five sonnets in terza rima, there are four three-lined stanzas in each with a couplet finishing it off like a Shakespearian sonnet (Reiger). Because it is constructed in terza rima, it is not by any means a Shakespearian sonnet unless one is referring to the couplets. Terza rima consists of sequences of three lines of interlocking rhyme, for example, aba bcb cdc ded etcetera (Reiger). This rhyme scheme effectively avoids producing a song-like poem, and increases the importance of the message being presented by not making it too lyrical. This rhyme scheme was made famous by Italy’s very own Dante. It is difficult, however, to end such a scheme, so Shelley introduced his native England’s Shakespearian couplet to round it off. This structure reflects Shelley’s life, having left England for Italy, and it brings his home – Italy – and his homeland – England – together (Coleman). In addition to a magnificent structure, imagery takes its
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