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Throughout time poets have used many different instruments to portray their ideas In some instances they have used similes metaphors and even symbols to exemplify their poetry Poets feel that by substituting their ideas and actions into symbols helps the reader to gain a better understanding of the poem and make the poem more beautiful Shelley a great poet from the 19th century uses these symbols sporadically throughout his works In Adonais Shelleys elegy on the death of Keats we see symbols that continue throughout the poem and serve a higher purpose then that which the word means The first symbol we encounter in the poem is that of a flower The flower is used quite frequently throughout the text and symbolizes Adonais before his change into immortality He uses the flower image as early as the prelude The genius of the lamented person to whose memory I have dedicated these unworthy verses was not less delicate and fragile then it was beautiful and where cankerworms abound what wonder if its young flower was blighted in the bud Ln 16-19 preface Shelley is alluding to John Keatss here while he is comparing him to a flower that is both beautiful and weak His poetry is wonderful and pretty but he was not strong enough to take the criticisms given to him about his works When Shelley says young flower was blighted in the bud he is telling us that the death of Keats came too early Death has taken away a great poet who had yet to write his best literature He was just blooming or coming into his own when this travesty happened This idea is further complemented on ln 52-53 of the text when Shelley replies The bloom whose petals nipt before they blew Died on the promise of the fruit is waste This line also symbolizes the point of his death coming to early Shelley also emphasizes the
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