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Autumnal Theme in English Romantic PoetryShelleys Ode to the West Windand Keatss To AutumnA season of autumn is traditionally associated with transienceand mutability with dying of nature and expectations of thefollowing winter time For Romantic poets who are known fortheir extraordinary sensitivity to natural moods the period offall becomes a great force for poetic creativity Percy ByssheShelleys Ode to the West Wind and John Keatss ode ToAutumn are two beautiful poems which were blown to its authorsby the English autumn both poets are influenced by theseasonal process in nature which ushers them into the mood oftransience and aging However the two of them differentlyperceive the same natural manifestations The radical poetShelley observes the deadly changes in nature caused by theautumnal wind with an expectation for the following spring andrevival In the seasonal process he sees a symbolic prototypefor possible revolutionary changes both in his own life and inthe existing social structure of his country His Ode to theWest Wind primarily appeals to the active sublime power ofthe west wind to give him that energy which is able to change theworld At the same time another Romantic poet Keats drowsy accepts theidea of aging and accomplishment in his ode To Autumn he celebratesfruitfulness of the autumn and bides farewell to the passing away yearand together with it to his great poetryThe Romantic autumnal odes of Shelley and Keats are born from thepoetic observations of natural changes and from their ability topenetrate the mood of fall which provides them a incentive forartistic creativity In Ode to the West Wind Shelley mainlyconcentrates his attention on his observations of the death caused bythe autumnal wind He compares the dead leaves to ghosts WW6762-3 and the winged seeds to dead bodies which lie cold andlow within their grave WW 6767-8 All these images talk tothe author of the dying year WW 67724 of transience of time andof aging Little by little his mind becomes full of
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