Discuss Shelly's lyricism.

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Lyricism is a quality that is defined as sensuality of expression or an intense outpouring of strong, passionate emotion. It is clear that this definition is one that can be applied to the works of Shelley in the way that he explores the descriptions of nature and his own responses to them. For example, in "Ode to the West Wind," Shelley identifies himself in the power and strength of the West Wind, and implores the West Wind's help to spread his ideas and purpose:

As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.

O! Life me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!

I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!

A heavy weight of hours has chain'd and bow'd

One too like thee--tamless, and swift, and proud.

Shelley's lyricism can thus be seen in his emotion as he both identifies with the West Wind, stating that both he and the West Wind are "tameless, and swift, and proud," but also in his use of exclamatory utterances that convey intense emotion, such as "I bleed!" Nature is not something that is described dispassionately by Shelley, and he uses it to convey his own strong emotions and feelings throughout his poetry.

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