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Unformatted text preview: What is the simple moral of this poem? What might be a not-so-simple reading? That is, is there any way that a smug reading of the poem leaves something important out? (What about the sublime, for instance?) Ode to the West Wind With this poem, Shelley pulls out all the stops. Note that the first three stanzas are joined (as all five stanzas are) by the power of the wind, yet these three take us through earth, sky, and water respectively. Why does Shelley choose the West wind to address? What does he say about its power, especially? What season does it characterize? Why does he choose this season? What happens in the final two stanzas? What is surprising, especially, about line 62? How can we redeem lines 54 and lines 69-70? Where could they go wrong? What is he saying with each of these passages?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2009 for the course ENG English taught by Professor Bruster during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Spring '09