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What is the sensuous description of the rainbow from Shelly's "The Cloud"?  

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Posted April 7, 2009 at 6:06 PM via web

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What is the sensuous description of the rainbow from Shelly's "The Cloud"?  

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 8, 2009 at 3:25 AM (Answer #1)

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The description is found here:

The triumphal arch through which I march
       With hurricane, fire, and snow,
When the Powers of the air are chained to my chair,
       Is the million-colored bow;
The sphere-fire above its soft colors wove,
       While the moist Earth was laughing below.

The "triumphal arch" is the bend of the rainbow. The "million-colored bow" is the rainbow itself. The "soft colors wove" refers to the relationship between the rainbow and the "laughing" planet below.

 

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