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In Hymn to Intellectual Beauty Shelley describes his realisation of the power of human intellect In seven carefully-constructed stanzas he outlines the qualities of this power and the e ect it has had on him using the essential themes of Romantic poetry with references to nature and the self In the first stanza the concept of the unseen Power the mind is put forward and Shelley states his position on the subject Throughout the stanza extensive use is made of profluent similes As summer winds Like moonbeams Like hues Like clouds Like memory these intangible elements of nature and significantly memory which here is a human quality is aiming to create the air of this Power as something beautiful that is at one with nature and yet is transient and somehow beyond human reach and grasp Similes such as Like hues and harmonies of evening are used to state that this Power has an equilibrium an intrinsic inevitable concordance The five similes in this stanza are all intangible the first four are all an intrinsic part of the Romantics love of and preoccupation with nature Through these similes Shelley constructs an image of the Powers awesome and intense status The second stanza is a question Shelley asks of the Power Lines 2 and 3 are particularly important as it is where he says the Beauty another form of the Power shines upon human thought On line three the question is posed to Beauty where art thou gone However he recognises the futility of such a question with lines 48 which are a series of even more rhetorical questions At the same time he asks why it is that humanity remains disinterested in worshipping or deifying the human intellect which he believes is the reason for our scope For love and hate despondency and hope Of course the impact of nature is intense as is shown by the
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