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How does Shelley desribe "the Sky after the rain" in his poem "The Cloud" using his...

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megan94 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 7, 2009 at 12:55 AM via web

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How does Shelley desribe "the Sky after the rain" in his poem "The Cloud" using his skill of sensuous description of natural phenomena?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 8, 2009 at 3:45 AM (Answer #1)

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Shelley uses the following lines:

For after the rain, when with never a stain
The pavilion of Heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams, with their convex gleams,
Build up the blue dome of Air -- 
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, live a ghost from the tomb,
I arise, and unbuild it again.


You can see that the sky is described as a "pavillion" (great hall), and one that the rain has emptied. The sky is a "blue dome" and the poet/speaker treates the entire world as a site of rebirth.

 

 

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