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ODE TO THE WEST WIND

ODE TO THE WEST WIND

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ODE TO THE WEST WIND
P.B.SHELLEY

Shelley was born in 1792 in Sussex, England and was the so of a rich landowner. He was educated at Eton and Oxford. For the independence of his thoughts, he was expelled from Oxford and disowned by his father. In 1818 Shelley left England for Italy where he lived for the rest of his life. He was always ready to fight tyranny. On 8th July 1822, he was drowned when his boat was caught in a storm. Ode to the West Wind is a poem addressed to the west wind. Ode is a poem addressed to a person, a treasured object or even to a God. Odes are usually in rhyme and seldom longer than 150 words.

Personification:
1.
Shelley personifies the west wind and gives it an independent character.
2.
He personifies the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. They are so
forcefully imagined that they become like real persons.
Symbolism:
1.

West wind as a symbol of destruction as well as preservation. It destroys dead leaves but preserves the seeds. A destroyer of old order and preserver of new order.

2.
West wind is symbol of mourning, when it passes through the forest its
sound is melancholic. Hence Shelley calls it the \u2018dirge of the dying year\u2019
3.

The west wind symbolizes Shelley\u2019s own personality. As a boy he possessed the same qualities as the west wind, he has swift, proud and uncontrollable.

4.
For the poet it s a symbol of aid and relief to him in his distress.
5.
Finally it is a symbol of powerful influences and forces that will herald the
Golden Age of Mankind.
Lali Mathew M.A.M.Ed D.A. 564 Sh Bagh 27492907 9810312549
Similes:
1.
Like a ghosts form the enchanter fleeing.
2.
Each like a corpse within its grave.
3.
Loose clouds like earth\u2019s decaying leaves are shed.
4.
Like the bright hair uplifted from the head.
5.
One to like thee \u2013timeless and swift and proud.
6.
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth.
7.
Buds like flocks to feed.
8.
Like the bright hair lifted.
9.
As from an unextinguished hearth ashes and sparks.
Metaphor:
1.
Breath of autumn\u2019s being.
2.
Hectic \u2013red, pestilence-stricken multitudes.
3.
The winged seeds
4.
Azure sister of the spring.
5.
Destroyer and preserver.
6.
Sky\u2019s commotion
7.
Angels of rain and lighting.
8.
Thine aery surge.
9.
The locks of approaching storm
10.
Dirge of the dying year.
11.
Dome of vast sepulcher.
12.
Congregated might.
13.
Atlantic\u2019s level powers.
14.
A dead leaf.
15.
A wave to pant.
16.
Uncontrollable
17.
Comrade of thy wanderings.
18.
Deep autumnal tone.
19.
Trumpet of prophecy.
20.
Make me thy lyre.
21.
Tangled boughs of Heaven and ocean.
22.
The locks of approaching storm.
Alliteration
1. Wild west wind.
2. Baiae\u2019s bay
3. Grow gray with fear
4. Skiey speed scarce seem\u2019d a vision.
Lali Mathew M.A.M.Ed D.A. 564 Sh Bagh 27492907 9810312549
1.
What season of the year is being mentioned in the poem?
2.
How do the leaves behave in this season?
3.
What is the dirge? How?
4.
What is a sepulcher?
5.
How does the Mediterranean appear under the influence of its stream in
summer?
6.
What are Pumic isle and Baiae\u2019s bay?
7.
Who grows gray with fear and why?
8.
How does the poet want to be lifted? By whom?
9.
How was the poet in the past?
10.
Whose mighty harmonies is the poet talking of?
11.
Who is the impetuous one? Why does the poet want its spirit to be his spirit?
12.
What is meant by \u2018new birth\u2019?
13.
Why are the seeds called winged?
14.
Explain: Each like a corpse within its grave?
15.
Who will blow her clarion?
16.
What will the clarion do?
17.
What are the tangled boughs?
18.
Which are the angels of rain and lighting?
19.
What is being compared with Maenad? How?
20.
How is the approaching storm described?
21.
How was the poet in his boyhood?
22.
Whose comrade the poet wants to be and why?
23.
What is the poet\u2019s sore need?
24.
Whose lyre does the poet want to be? How?
25.
What does the poet mean by: \u2018my leaves are falling\u2019?
26.
Why do the leaves have various colours?
27.
What effect does it have on the seeds?
28.
Why has the west wind been called a preserver and a destroyer?
29.
Why has the night been described as a sepulcher?
30.
What effect does the west wind have on the Mediterranean Sea?
31.
What effect does the west wind have on the underwater plants?
32.
In what way was the poet, in his younger days, like the west wind?
33.
How does the poet want the wind to make him into a lyre?
34.
What optimism does the poet convey in the last two lines?
35.
Why is the west wind called the \u2018breath of autumn\u2019s being\u2019?
36.
How are the dead leaves driven away?
37.
Why does the poet refer to the leaves as \u2018pestilence-stricken\u2019
38.
\u2018Are driven, like hosts from an enchanter fleeing\u2019 What is the figure of
speech.

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