Ode to the West Wind


  • About
    • Wrote in 1819
    • Living in Florence, Italy
    • He loved Italy, but was depressed about being detached from political and social scene in native England
    • Shelley loved to influence society and he used this poem to bring about spreading ideas and to effect change.
  • Intro
    • Rhyme Scheme - terza rima
    • Themes
      • Transformation (change)
      • Nature and the Natural World
      • Mortality - death and rebirth
  • 1st Stanza
    • West Wind - Personified by capitalization - talking to the “wind”
    • Autumn - Personified - means change - getting older
    • “O wild West Wind” - alliteration
    • “dead leaves blown away by the wind are like ghosts running away from an enchanter” - simile
  • 2nd Stanza
    • Describes the autumn season
    • Shows the change of autumn to winter
    • Autumn is over - leaves fall on the ground
  • 3rd Stanza
    • Comparing Autumn and winter to death
    • Wind of spring - showing how its not Spring (new beginning) - more of an end
  • 4th Stanza
    • The clarion (trumpet) - signals spring (new beginning)
    • Describes the new beginning he wants but doesn’t have
    • Personification - “dreaming earth”
    • Simile - “driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
  • 5th Stanza
    • Winter - “Destroyer and preserver”
    • Autumn but closer to winter

Group: Myra McConnell, Anthony Cooper, Deandre Silver


The summary of the following lines of Act II is that a woman sharing her emotions by using nature and its relations. For example, she uses he wind and thunder to express her feeling of sadness and how dark her life is at the time. In addition, she explains figuratively, that life can move like the wind. Through a pathos appeal she explains, you will go through bad and good times but it will eventually move swiftly and work out/become the pass.

Group: Corbin Griffin, Meredith Lascallette, Ashley Harris, Dylan Jones


  • The Mediterranean Sea has been calm during the summer in Baiae Bay, almost like taking a vacation. The Sea is personified as male “he”, “his”
  • During the summer the sea saw in his dreams the “old palaces and towers” along Baiae Bay these places are now overgrown.
  • The Atlantic Ocean breaks into Chasms for the West Wind (waves)
  • The plants in the Atlantic Ocean hear the West Wind and become afraid, they start thrashing around and harm themselves


  • “The Blue Mediterranean”
  • “Crystalline Streams”
  • “The Sea blooms”

Has a Rhyme Scheme: A, B, A, B, C, B, C, D, C, E, F, E, F, F

Group: Tyler Johnson, Thomas Mizelle, Cody Ricks

Canto 4

This person in the poem is talking to the wind. They are saying that they wish that they could feel the breeze on them, lifting them up in a way. They wish that they could be free to say whatever they want such as how they feel or anything like that. However because society is so cruel they cannot. They are burdened and chained down as far as what they can and cannot say. It is hard for them to be proud and confident in themselves because of society.

IMAGERY: Line 44- if I were a swift cloud to fly with thee. Line 45- a wave to pant beneath thy power. Line 53- lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud. Line 55- a heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed.

RHYME: Line 50 and 52: speed and need. Line 53, 55, and 56 – cloud, bowed, and proud.

ALLITERATION: Line 51- Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne’er have striven.

ENJAMBMENT: Line 48-52; If even I were as in my boyhood, and could be

The comrade of thy wandering over Heaven,

As then, when to outstrip the skyey speed

Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne’er have striven

As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.

FORM: The cantos are split into 4 sets of 3 lines and one set of two lines. They end with a rhymed couplet.

Group: Courtney Jones and Macaela Moore


57.Make him a wind harp, which is a stringed instrument that produces musical sounds when the wind passes over it.

58.What if they fail like their others.

59.The loud confusion of the mighty harmony.

60.The noise will take from the deep autumn tone.

61.Nice but sad yet their spirit still remains fierce.

62.My spirit and actions are quick without thought.

63.Thoughts about the universe that has taken over my thinking.

64.Leaves on a tree may die but will bloom once again.

65.And by the magical spell of this verse,

66.Scatter as from an burning flame

67.Ashes and sparks, my words among human kind.

68.Angry words among mankind

69.The words of a prophet.

70.Winter is already here and spring is close.


Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth.


What if my leaves are falling like its own!

Will take from both a deep, autumnal tone,


Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce,

My spirit! Be thou me impetuous one!


Drive my dead thought over the universe Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!


What is my leaves are falling like its own!


spondaic ?



Group: Tiffany and Jessica

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