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Ode to the West Wind
Transcript of Ode to the West Wind
Describes how the speaker feels
Written in first person perspective
Tone is kind of sad, yet hopeful for the future
Percy Shelley - born 1792, died 1822
- Romantic lyric poet
- Married Mary Shelley
- Expelled from Oxford By Percy Bysshe
Shelley English Lit 12 Five Cantos with 14 lines each
Lines are all about the same length
Each canto is a sonnet
Speaker tells of the wind, then wishes
he could be like the wind, then hopes
for the future
Canto I has 1 sentence, cantos II and
III have 2, canto VI has 6 and canto V
Many colons, commas and exclamation
marks Terza Rima - ABA BCB CDC DED EE
Roughly iambic pentameter
Repetition - "oh, hear!"
Alliteration - "Baiae's bay" "saw in
sleep" "within the wave's"
Assonance - "Make me thy lyre, even"
Cacophony - "Pestilence-stricken
multitudes" Claire Wallace Language Formal
Chariotest = power
Dirge = mournful song for something that has died
Sepulcher = where someone is buried
Tumult= loud, confused noise
References to wind, Maenads, oceans and heaven
Personification, similes and metaphors
Last couplet Why do you think Shelley used the
terza rima form?
How else do you think the final couplet could be interpreted?
Why is the concept of wildness so prominent?