Comparison of the Use of Nature by Shelley and Wordsworth Essay

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Both Shelley, in "Ode to the West Wind," and Wordsworth, in "Intimations of Immortality," are very similar in their use of nature to describe the life and death of the human spirit. As they both describe nature these two poets use the comparison of how the Earth and all its life is the same as our own human life. I feel that Shelley uses the seasons as a way of portraying the human life during reincarnation. Wordsworth seems to concentrate more on the stages that a person goes through during life. Shelley compares himself to such things as clouds, leaves, and waves. He is writing the poem as if he were an object of the earth, and what it is like to once live and then die only to be reborn. On the other hand, Wordsworth takes images …show more content…
So when Wordsworth refers to nature as meadows, clouds, and birds he is referring to his childhood and how all these things help him remember how is used to be.

Shelley's feeling for nature is the same but the way he uses it is different. Shelley writes about how you shouldn't fear death because when you die you are reborn. A key example of this is in the first three stanzas "O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being / Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead / Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing." (676) This stanza is using autumn as death and soon winter will be here just like death is near at the end of a life. In the next Stanza "This yellow and black, and pale, and hectic red, / Pestilence-stricken multitudes: O Thou, / Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed." (676) Here Shelley describes how death has come in the form of a dark wintry bed for the leaves, or as a grave for human beings. Then in the last stanza Shelley illustrates rebirth as spring. "The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low, / Each like a corpse within its grave, until / Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow." (676) Spring is like rebirth and winter is like death. When compared to nature everything is dead in winter, the trees the grass etc. In the spring all those things that were once dead are now coming back to life. Shelley believes that as we start to die, we also are closer to rebirth. I also said that Shelley compares himself to nature.

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