The eldest son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley, with one brother and four sisters, he stood in line to inherit not only his grandfather's considerable estate but also a seat in Parliament. He attended Eton College for six years beginning inand then went on to Oxford University.
He has the power—and the duty—to translate these truths, through the use of his imagination, into poetry, but only a kind of poetry that the public can understand.
Thus, his poetry becomes a kind of prophecy, and through his words, a poet has the ability to change the world for the better and to bring about political, social, and spiritual change.
In the end, however, the poet triumphs because his art is immortal, outlasting the tyranny of government, religion, and society and living on to inspire new generations. In his early poetry, Shelley shares the romantic interest in pantheism—the belief that God, or a divine, unifying spirit, runs through everything in the universe.
Shelley asserts several times that this force can influence people to change the world for the better. Nature destroys as often as it inspires or creates, and it destroys cruelly and indiscriminately.
The Power of the Human Mind Shelley uses nature as his primary source of poetic inspiration.
At the same time, although nature has creative power over Shelley because it provides inspiration, he feels that his imagination has creative power over nature. It is the imagination—or our ability to form sensory perceptions—that allows us to describe nature in different, original ways, which help to shape how nature appears and, therefore, how it exists.
Thus, the power of the human mind becomes equal to the power of nature, and the experience of beauty in the natural world becomes a kind of collaboration between the perceiver and the perceived. The ghosts and spirits in his poems suggest the possibility of glimpsing a world beyond the one in which we live.
Christ From his days at Oxford, Shelley felt deeply doubtful about organized religion, particularly Christianity. Yet, in his poetry, he often represents the poet as a Christ-like figure and thus sets the poet up as a secular replacement for Christ.
Martyred by society and conventional values, the Christ figure is resurrected by the power of nature and his own imagination and spreads his prophetic visions over the earth. For Shelley, Christ and Cain are both outcasts and rebels, like romantic poets and like himself.
The West Wind Shelley uses the West Wind to symbolize the power of nature and of the imagination inspired by nature. Even as it destroys, the wind encourages new life on earth and social progress among humanity. The broken monument also represents the decay of civilization and culture:In "Ode to the West Wind," Nature is grander and more powerful than man can hope to be.
The natural world is especially powerful because it contains elements like the West Wind and the Spring Wind, As the speaker of "Ode to the West Wind" feels himself waning and decaying, he begs the wind to use.
read this poet's poems. Percy Bysshe Shelley was born August 4, , at Field Place, near Horsham, Sussex, England.
The eldest son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley, with one brother and four sisters, he stood in line to inherit not only his grandfather's considerable estate but also a seat in Parliament. An Ode to the West Wind is a poem by Percy Bushy Shelley that shows the correspondence between the inner and the outer world of the poet.
It is among his famous poems. The major theme of the poem is the poet’s intention to become a force that may bring the change and rejuvenation in man’s life.
Percy Bysshe Shelley - Poet - Percy Bysshe Shelley, whose literary career was marked with controversy due to his views on religion, atheism, socialism, and free love, is known as a talented lyrical poet and one of the major figures of English romanticism.
"Ode to the West Wind" is an ode, written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in near Florence, Italy. It was originally published in by Charles and Edmund Ollier in London as part of the collection Prometheus Unbound, A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts, With Other Poems.
Ode to the West Wind The poet offers that the wind over the Mediterranean Sea was an inspiration for the poem. Recognizing its power, the wind becomes a metaphor for nature’s awe-inspiring spirit.