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Analysis of Percy Shelley's "Love's Philosophy"

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Tray Robbins

on 17 March 2014

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Transcript of Analysis of Percy Shelley's "Love's Philosophy"

Overall Meaning
The narrator sees all these examples of love and how nature is natural and its natural for things such as mountains kissing the heavens or fountains mingling with rivers. But for some reason this girl wont be with him. Hes trying to convince her to be with him.
Analysis of Percy Shelleys "Love's Philosophy" by Tray Robbins
First Stanza Meaning
In the First paragraph Shelley talks about how all these things in nature mingle or mix together.
Its a "sweet emotion" and "divine law"
Since all these things in nature mix why wont you miongle or mix with me
First Stanza Literary Devices
Personification- Fountains cant mingle with the river, and its not a sweet emotion
Imagery-nature, oceans, sweet emotion
Repetition-mingle
Rhetorical Question- "Why not I with thine"
Second Stanza Meaning
The second stanza correlates with the first stanza in that it talks about things in nature mixing together,
And hes saying your disrespecting m by not being with me
And how all these things mixing together mean nothing if im not with you
Hes repeating and saying all this things are together, so its just natural for you and me to be together.
Second Stanza Literary Devices
Personification- Mountains kiss the high heavens, waves clasp one another, sunlight clasps the earth, moonbeans kiss the sea
Imagery- everything together in nature
A little about Shelley
He was next in line to get his grand fathers estate and to get his dads seat in parliament but choose to write instead
He and his father didn't get along very well because his dad was very religious and he was atheist
College: Eton College and Oxford University-dropped out
First writings were novels
Thomas Jefferson Hogg, Shelleys sister Elizabeth, and William Goodwin helped Shelley write his novels
Atheist- influenced his writings, Zastozzi
Appealed to those who didn't go with "the norm"
Wrote about Philosophy, love, Religion
Wrote novels, play writes, and poetry
After college he moved to a lake side house and wrote literature
The fountains mingle with the river

And the rivers with the ocean,

The winds of heaven mix for ever

With a sweet emotion;

Nothing in the world is single;

All things by a law divine

In one spirit meet and mingle.

Why not I with thine?—


See the mountains kiss high heaven

And the waves clasp one another;

No sister-flower would be forgiven

If it disdained its brother;

And the sunlight clasps the earth

And the moonbeams kiss the sea:

What is all this sweet work worth

If thou kiss not me?
Love's Philosophy By Percy Bysshe Shelley
Bibliography
Poets.org
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