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Fulfilling His Religious Needs Shelleys View of Nature There are many forms of religion and many ways that people have found to give credit to a higher being Some people have a religious belief that God or a greater being is in present in all which He created They are able to find a religious quality in nature and the many wonders associated with it Percy Shelley found in nature things that he could relate to in a religious sense He also used his observations of nature to express his fear of the future mankind was headed towards The following essay will examine three of Percy Shelleys poems and will show how he found his religious needs fulfilled by occurrences in nature In his poem A Dirge Shelley writes with a solemn tone He begins by telling about the Rough wind that moanest loudGrief too sad for song 1751 In these two lines he is expressing his view that the wind is full of sadness The fact that he cannot even imagine the noise of the wind as being some sort of song shows that he truly finds it very mournful In the next three lines of the poem Shelley writes not only of the wind but also of clouds and rain and tells the reader of a Sad storm whose tears are vain 1751 The tears refer to the rain that is part of the storm They are vain because they are falling without having any lasting effect on mankind The final line of the poem gives a warning to the reader when it says Wail for the worlds wrong 1751 This line is referring to all the occurrences in nature that were presented to the reader in the first seven lines of the poem The combined effect of the storm is as if nature is crying because of the wrong doings of mankind It is reminiscent to the story of Noah
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