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Ode To the west wind
1. Comment on the structure of the poem ‘Ode to the west wind’/Technical perfection
The poem “Ode to the west wind” consists of five stanzas – four three live stanzas (tercets) and a two-line couplet, all metred in iambic pentameter. Each tercet in interlinked by a common rhyme aba, bcb, cdc, and so on. Following this tradition of terza-rima, this poem follows the rhyme scheme ABA BCB CDC DED EE.
2. Comment on the coherence between the structure and the theme of Shelley ‘ Ode to the west wind’?
The poem ‘Ode to the west wind’ by P.B. Shelley consists of five terza-rima sonnets rhyming ABA BCB CDC DED EE. The first three stanzas describe the effects of the west wind on the land, the sky and the sea respectively. The fourth stanza presents a contrast between the poet’s situation and these natural elements. The final stanza is a prayer to the mighty west wind to spread his message to bring a new millennium paralleling the seasonal change.
3. Comment on the optimistic ending of ‘Ode to the west wind’ / What prophetic message do you gather from this ode.
In the concluding stanza (V) of ‘Ode to the west wind’ Shelley appears to be as a prophet having the message of strong optimism that salvation can be achieved out of contemporary socio-psychological and political damnation. An age of moral as well as social regeneration will follow soon because these, like the seasons in nature, are liable to be changed in a cyclic order.
4. How far ‘Ode to the west wind’ is successful as an ode?
Shelley’s ‘Ode to the west wind’ fulfils the characteristics features of an ode. It is addressed impassionately to the west wind. It has an elaborate structured and stanziac division It is about the subject being dignified one restoration of mankind from all sorts of decadence.
5. What does the west wind stand far?
In philosophical poet Shelley poem ‘Ode to the west wind’ west wind symbolizes the...