Shelley 's Role And Life Of Poets Using A Narrator And Ill Fated Poet

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In Alastor, Shelley critiques the role and life of poets using a Narrator and ill-fated Poet. The Narrator speaks to the reader, describing the Poet’s journey, and evaluating the Poet’s decisions concerning his life. It can also be alleged that Alastor anticipated A Defence of Poetry’s intent in defining the role of the poet. Examining his prose closely, this will prove to be true and there will be a realistic definition of the role of the poet. The reader will appreciate that the poet is one who binds the forces of the imagery and the senses into a beautiful wholeness of words along the page. Poets comprehend the cosmos in a way others yearn to and envision its grandeur; and they are the people who unify society with their sensational writing due to their experience exploring the world. It can be acquired by reading Alastor that to obtain this specific sight, one must submit to a lifetime of solitude. However, it also accentuates the point that one must not engulf themselves in solitude, for it will become self-destructive. This originates the theme of the ambivalence of Alastor and how it defines the purpose, nevertheless, justly discover the perils of it. The reader is ultimately observing the Poet through the Narrator, which some perceive as leading to lack of an objective view. This lack of an objective view will be considered when examining Alastor and its ambivalence. The definition will not be strictly from the Narrator, but Shelley’s entire perspective. Whereas,…

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