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An Analysis Of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Use Of Personification As A Means Of Connecting Nature And Spirit In Ozymandias And Ode To The West Wind

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Nature has always been something that is considered close to the soul. For as long as people have walked the Earth, nature has been a part of nearly every culture. “Man's knowledge of himself complemented his understanding of the universe and formed the basis for a strong and healthy relationship to the creation in which he lived.” (Shankar) Even if people don’t see how, it is almost always incorporated into everything we humans do. Nature, as in the outdoor world, is very important, and can be directly linked to spirit. Percy Bysshe Shelley was one poet who had the ability to link nature and spirit through his different vivid descriptions of things in nature, and some things man made. Two ...view middle of the document...

Even though the words written in the stone rubble that lie next to the shattered statue of Ramses II say that others should look on his work and despair at how great it is, nature destroyed these statues and memorials with no problems. This depiction of the crumbled great shows the true power nature has, and though has little to do with the human spirit, it teaches mankind to respect the raw power and strength of nature.
Ode to the West Wind is a poem where Percy Bysshe Shelley relates the power and mystery of the West Wind, a part of nature, to the spirit by giving the wind a certain quality that makes it seem almost human. Shelley writes to the wind almost as if he were talking to another person. This characteristic of the poem seems to give the West Wind a lot of power, and makes a person think on how related are we to something like the wind. The West Wind in Shelley’s time was another term for autumn wind, and in the poem Shelley says that the West Wind has the power to wipe away the old and make room for the new. If one really thinks about this poem and how it relates to human spirit, that is akin to a person’s downfalls, and the fact that a situation doesn’t stay bad forever. This poem, regardless of the somber tone, can be very encouraging. Even the narrator seems to have some sort of mood change as the poem progresses. “Drive my dead thought over the universe/ Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!/ And, by the incantation of this verse,/ Scatter, as from an unextinguished...

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