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In Ode to the West Wind Percy Bysshe Shelley tries to gain transcendence for he shows that his thoughts like the winged seeds 7 are trapped The West Wind acts as a driving force for change and rejuvenation in the human and natural world Shelley views winter not just as last phase of vegetation but as the last phase of life in the individual the imagination civilization and religion Being set in Autumn Shelley observes the changing of the weather and its effects on the internal and external environment By examining this poem the reader will see that Shelley can only reach his sublime by having the wind carry his dead thoughts 63 which through an apocalyptic destruction will lead to a rejuvenation of the imagination the individual and the natural world Shelley begins his poem by addressing the Wild West Wind 1 He quickly introduces the theme of death and compares the dead leaves to ghosts 3 The imagery of Pestilence- stricken multitudes makes the reader aware that Shelley is addressing more than a pile of leaves His claustrophobic mood becomes evident when he talks of the wintry bed 6 and The winged seeds where they lie cold and low Each like a corpse within its grave until Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow 7-9 In the first line Shelley use the phrase winged seeds which presents images of flying and freedom The only problem is that they lay cold and low or unnourished or not elevated He likens this with a feeling of being trapped The important word is seeds for it shows that even in death new life will grow out of the grave The phrase winged seeds also brings images of religions angels andor souls that continue to create new life Heavenly images are confirmed by his
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