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the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration the mirrors ofthe gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present In Ode to the West Wind Shelley implores the West Wind a powerful force of nature that Shelley identifies with his rapidly-changing reality to lift me as a wave a leaf a cloud He also expresses his almost-melancholy wish that he could be as The comrade of thy wanderings over Heaven Ode 815Ode to the West Wind invokes the attendant spirit from which Genius comes to grant Creativity also If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear he pleads If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee Ode 815 In the fifth section he begs the West Wind which he identifies with himself early in the section to Scatter as from an unextinguished hearthAshes and sparks my words among mankind Ode 815Again Shelley is asking the force that provides inspiration to act through him Ode to the West Wind also expresses the hungering for Imagination Not only does Shelley want the force to make him the trumpet of a prophecy Ode 815 but he also is trying to forge a oneness with the West Wind in the middle of the fifth section Be thou Spirit fierce My spirit Be thou me impetuous one A common Romantic notion was the idea that Imagination was the side of the mind that allowed a person to forge a link with someone or something Another of the central ideas of the Romantic literary figures was the inherent value of the primitive and untrammeled Revolution 657 Shelley fills the third section of Ode to the West Wind with images of innocence and serenity Descriptions of azure moss and flowers sea-blooms and oozy woods dominate this part of the poem The fifth section also expresses Shelleys belief that the quest for beauty is important At the beginning of the fifth section Shelley conjures the wind to make
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