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.
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.
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.
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