The Notable Works Of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Percy Bysshe Shelley is a very influential Romantic poet, who is part of what is the second generation of Romantic poets, the “young hellions”. He is catagorized with Lord Byron and John Keats, who are also important poets during their times. Shelley, like his other two comrades, died at a young age, as they lived fast and hard. He had died in a boating accident, when he was 29 years old. Shelley had a few notable poems, such as Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, and To a Skylark. As a Romantic poet, Shelley often used connected nature to spirit, and did that using examples of personification in his poems Ode to the West Wind and To a Skylark.

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As for personification, at least in Ode to the West Wind, Shelley makes quite a few examples that the Nature has human qualities. For example, he says how “thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow her Clarion o’er the dreaming earth..”. Of course, it is known that wind can not have a trumpet, as it does not have the fingers, lips or knowledge to play that instrument. However, Shelley uses an example that a human can do to wind, so another person can understand the respect of Nature, and his respect for it. “Shelley personifies many of nature's elements by attaching descriptions of remains of death that are typically human” (StudyMode). Also, in section III, “The sapless foliage of the ocean, know they voice, and suddenly grow gray with fear, and tremble and despoil themselves…”. Here is another example of personification. Coral, which is the sapless foliage that Shelley makes a reference to, cannot soil themselves, because they do not have a body in which to do so.

There is also the presence of personification in Shelley’s To a Skylark. “Teach me half the gladness that thy brain must know..”. Shelley is asking the bird to teach him how to be some of the happiness that it must carry, but the bird doesn’t physically teach. “Shelley’s skylark is an inhabitant of purely ethereal arena and is a symbol of perfection” (Text, Critical Interpretation, Summary and Analysis of Shelley’s To a Skylark). Here, Shelley is using the idea that Nature is a great teacher, in which much can be learned. “Shelley believes that this spiritual bird, perhaps not even a real bird,...

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