Ode To the West Wind Essay
The speaker uses his vivid imagery in the poem to paint a picture in ones mind. He uses this imagery as a way to open, or start his poem. From the very beginning the reader can identify with the speaker. The reader knows the speaker’s feelings and can relate to them. “Yellow, and …show more content…
Shelly also uses many metaphors in this poem to reveal the theme. The overall metaphor in this poem is the representation of a prayer to God by the wind. Shelly personifies the wind. The wind comes and goes. The wind brings new beginnings and takes away the old and aged. The wind is a very important part of this poem, but one must look closer to realize what the wind actually symbolizes. The speaker wishes for the wind to come in and comfort him in lines 52 – 54. “As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need. Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!” The speaker is crying out. He is asking for help, he does this in the form of a prayer which is represented by the wind.
The author also uses the rhyme scheme to advance the flow of this poem. The rhyme scheme used in this poem is a special rhyme scheme called terza rima. Personally the rhyme scheme makes the poem harder to read. I would prefer it if the poem was in the typical ABAB form, but the author chose this rhyme scheme for a reason. This rhyme