I need an explication. What is poet saying in these lines...last stanza of "Ode to the West Wind"? Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is:     What if my leaves are falling like its own?   The tumult of thy mighty harmonies       Will take from both a deep autumnal tone,   60 Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce,     My spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one!     Drive my dead thoughts over the universe,     Like wither'd leaves, to quicken a new birth;   And, by the incantation of this verse,   65     Scatter, as from an unextinguish'd hearth   Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!     Be through my lips to unawaken'd earth     The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,   If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?   70  

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In these last lines of "Ode to the West Wind," Shelley expresses his hope that his poetry will affect social and/or personal change in the future.

The lyre is a reference to the Eolian lyre which plays rising and falling chords when affected by the wind. If he, the poet, is the lyre, then the West Wind will play/carry his poetry to new places and times.

Drive my dead thoughts over the universe

Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!

Even if his...

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