Coleman, Elliott, editor: Poems of Byron, Keats, and Shelley. New York: International Collectors Library, 1967.
“Thunder is good; thunder is impressive. But it is lightening that does the work.”
The poem ‘’Ode to the West Wind’’ was written in the autumn of 1819, in the beautiful Cascine Gardens outside Florence and was published with ‘‘Prometheus Unbound’’ in 1820. The poet is himself in a mood of despondency and misery and says that he falls upon the thorns of life and is bleeding. He is seeking reawakening also through the poem and wants the wind to carry his dead thoughts and ideas like it has taken the le... Read more→
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he wants to highlight the main themes of life that we should take life serious there is no solution which can cure or hail human sufferings.
Can anyone remind me of an alternate ending for Shelley's beautiful poem that I saw some forty years ago? It cleared up that the walker through the Indian jungle was female, and that her "dying" is clearly metaphorical and ultimately resolved..
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