Ode to the West Wind Term Paper

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Ode to the West Wind


" Ode to the West Wind" was written by Percy Bysshe Shelley shortly before his death in
1822. Shelley spent the majority of his life in England where he was born to an upper
class family. He attended Eton for his primary education and Oxford University until he
was expelled for the publication of The Necessity of Atheism. Shortly after being
expelled, Shelley married a commoner named Harriet Westbrook , which upset his family
because of his wife’s low social standing. The marriage was short lived and Shelley
quickly fell in love with Mary Godwin. Shelley continued writing throughout his life and
his most notable works include "Ozamandias", "Laon and Cythna", and "Rosalind and Helen".
Mary Shelley, Shelley’s wife who was also involved in literature, wrote Frankenstein. In
1822 Shelley drowned in a boating accident in the Gulf of Spieza. Shelly is mainly noted
as the most passionate of the Romantic writers and for his usage of experimental styles in
poetry.


"Ode to the West Wind" was written by Shelley on a day when the weather was unpredictable
and windy, the poem reflects the mood of the weather and expresses Shelley’s desire for
creativeness and intellect. The first section of the poem focuses on the description of
the colorful autumn leaves being stirred by the wind. The line " Wild Spirit, which art
moving everywhere; Destroyer and preserver.." shows the relationship between Shelley’s
desire to create and nature’s force. The second section of the poem tells about the clouds
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