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Percy Bysshe Shelley

What is the theme of "Men of England"?

The theme of "Men of England" is that the majority of the workforce in England is being exploited. The poem is a call to action to the ordinary worker to stop allowing himself to be exploited and...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2018 12:04 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of this line & quote: If Winter comes, cann Spring by far behind? What is the meaning of...

This famous line from a poem by Percy B. Shelley is frequently quoted whenever a type of situation arises. Winter is considered the time of death. The trees have lost their greenery, and animals...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 11:41 pm UTC

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What poetic devices are used in the poem "The Cloud" by P.B. Shelley?

There are many poetic devices in this poem which add to its effect. In the opening line, we see an example of internal rhyme, where two words within the same line—here "showers" and "flowers"—rhyme...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018 9:47 am UTC

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How is Shelley a Romantic poet?

The Romantics favored extreme emotion over logic and/or reason because they felt that there was simply something more natural about emotion. We come into the world knowing how to feel, how to feel...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016 7:11 pm UTC

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Love's Philosophy Analysis

The theme of Shelley's 1820 poem is the phenomenon of unrequited love. In the first stanza, the speaker observes that in the natural world, specifically in the elements of water and air, there is...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

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What is the inner meaning of the lines "Our sweetest songs are those that tell of the saddest thoughts" written by...

Like many of the great Romantic poems, "To a Skylark" possesses a remarkable coherence, by which we mean that all of its parts relate to the whole. One can take a single line, such as this one, and...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018 3:40 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "To Wordsworth" by Shelley?

This poem is a homage to Wordsworth. To a great extent, the Romantic movement is seen in two phases. Wordsworth and Coleridge represented the first phase of the movement. Leaders and the voices...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2010 11:41 am UTC

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Summarize "Stanzas Written in Dejection" by Shelley.

In this first stanza of the poem, the speaker sets the scene. It is a beautiful day: the sun is "warm," the sky is cloudless, and the ocean's waves dance "fast" and bright. The mood is therefore...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2017 9:19 am UTC

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Can you help me write a summary of "A Lament" by Percy Shelley?

The title of the poem "A Lament" suggests that Shelley is sad about something and grieving its loss. It is unclear though what exactly he is grieving about and for. It is possible that he is...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2015 2:57 pm UTC

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What effect does the rhyme scheme AAAA(1st stanza), AABB(2nd stanza), and AABBB(3rd stanza) have on the poem "The...

Rhyme schemes like AAAA and AABB are rather simple rhyme schemes. The scheme AABB is a particularly common one, sometimes seen in nursery rhymes or children's poems, even. Because of its...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019 2:46 pm UTC

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Discuss Shelly's revolutionary idealism in his poetry and his hope for a better future.

Shelley saw his thoughts and philosophy as representing a kind of revolutionary ideal that he saw as being important for mankind to be seized and changed by. Contextually, he was a figure who, like...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2013 7:13 am UTC

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Discuss Shelly's lyricism.

Shelley's lyricism is a poetic expression of his innermost sensibility as a man deeply engaged in the numerous political struggles of his time. Shelley was very much a political animal, a man...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 8:53 am UTC

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Why is Shelley important to English Literature?

Percy Bysshe Shelley is one of the leading and most prolific of the English Romantic poets of the early nineteenth century. His contributions to English literature are substantial, beginning with...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 6:56 pm UTC

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Please discuss the poem "Evening: Ponte al Mare, Pisa" at length.  Include meter, what type of poem, and define it....

This poem is written in iambic tetrameter: four feet/iambs and a rhyme scheme of ababcc. Written in 1820 or 1821, this was composed in one of the last years of Shelley's life. The poem discusses an...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2014 2:50 pm UTC

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Appreciation and analysis of the poem 'The Cloud' by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

“The Cloud” personifies a cloud, the narrator who explains her moods and abilities which correspond to weather patterns and the time of day and these also correspond to its life cycle. Since it is...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2011 11:24 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Shelley's "To a skylark" to Keats' "Ode to the Westwind".

Both of the poems "To a Skylark" and Ode to the West Wind" are by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Both these poems celebrate an aspect of nature, a higher order of existence that the poet compares to man's...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2009 2:46 am UTC

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How does Percy Shelley's treatment of nature differ from earlier romantic poets?

Earlier Romantic poets were writing during the time of the American and French revolutions, as well as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The tone of energy, transformation, renewal...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2018 5:20 pm UTC

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What is the substance of "The Moon" written by Percy Bysshe Shelley?  

"The Moon" by Percy Bysshe Shelley is a complicated poem though short. It has both a poetic conceit (i.e., an extended comparison between two things) and an underlying metaphor, which is the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2010 10:07 am UTC

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What are the figures of speech and the theme of the sonnet "England in 1819" by Shelly the theme , poem explanation...

The correct title of this poem is England in 1819. I tried to move this question to a different group- "England in 1819" -but was unable to do so for some reason. Nevertheless, there is such a...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 10:59 pm UTC

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Love's Philosophy Analysis

In the briefest terms, the poem is saying that everything is connected; everything mingles with everything else. Nothing stands alone without a relation to something else. Like "no man is an...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2009 3:27 pm UTC

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I need a critical analysis of the poem "The Moon" by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

A good place to look for a critical analysis of any literature or poem is in literary journals and scholarly websites. Enotes also has great commentary on many of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poems, and...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 11:40 pm UTC

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What is the central meaning of Shelley's "Stanzas Written in Dejection"?

While Shelley was in Naples, he experienced one of the emotional lows of his life. His daughter Clara died, and his wife Mary blamed him indirectly, it is claimed, for insisting on moving the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 3:10 pm UTC

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What is the summary of the poem "Love's Philosophy"?

This is a fairly short poem of two stanzas, each with eight lines. It follows an ABAB, CDCD rhyme scheme, although in both stanzas, the "A" rhyme is only a pararhyme ("river"/"ever,"...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018 2:25 pm UTC

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What would be a thesis for the poems "Ode to the West Wind", "The Skylark", and "The Cloud" by Percy Bysshe Shelley?...

Try "In these three poems, the author expresses his fascination with, adoration for, and connection to different aspects of nature." Then you could go through and find quotes that show him...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2009 9:37 am UTC

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Please explain the conception of beauty in Shelley's poetry. What does it means to intellectualize beauty with...

Shelley's concept of "beauty" is a vigorously debated one with some scholars connecting it with metaphysical or mystical meaning and others connecting it with a rejection of knowing beauty through...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2014 11:36 pm UTC

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What are powerful quotes in Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "A Lament," and what is the analysis of them?

Shelly's "A Lament" is a poem of grief for the loss of life's prime. As such, the most powerful quotes would be the portions that elucidate the theme, the speaker's feelings, and the affects of...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2011 1:43 am UTC

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In Shelley's  "O World! O Life!" what are the attention grabbing poetic elements?

Several poetic elements grab the attention of the reader in this poem. First, in the beginning two lines: O world! O life! O time!On whose last steps I climb, both a speaker and the intended...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2011 2:52 am UTC

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What is the form of the poem "Love’s Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelly? For example is it an ode, sonnet, etc.?

It is somewhat difficult to identify the form of Shelley's "Love's Philosophy." It certainly is not a sonnet, because a sonnet has--by definition--14 lines, and Shelley's poem has 16. Is it an ode?...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011 8:01 am UTC

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Explain the image of the fading coal on page 449; "The greatest poet even cannot say it: for the mind in creation is...

"A Defence of Poetry" is an essay written by English dramatist and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Although he wrote the essay in 1821, it was published posthumously in 1840 as a part of a collection...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2019 7:26 am UTC

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What is the theme and tone of Shelley's "Feelings of a Republican on the Fall of Bonaparte"?

With regard to Shelley's "Feelings of a Republican on the Fall of Bonaparte," I believe that the sentiment the author expresses is anything but cordial. Shelley's first line quite simply states, "I...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2011 4:11 am UTC

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In the poem "Love's Philosophy," what literary devices does Shelley use?

What is most notable about this excellent poem of love and how the speaker views the world and uses the way that all of nature mixes together to support his request that his beloved kiss him is the...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2011 7:59 pm UTC

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How does Shelley introduce and handle the concept of the sublime in his poetry?

The concept of the sublime in Shelley's poetry refers to the way that nature is above and beyond man and represents concepts such as eternal beauty and also power that shows at once the frailty of...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013 5:22 pm UTC

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What is the relation between Shelley's "Love's Philosophy" and the idea of romanticism?

Throughout "Love's Philosophy" Shelley personifies certain aspects of the natural world. The mountains "kiss high heaven" and the waves "clasp each other." And "no sister-flower would be forgiven...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019 7:17 am UTC

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How would one broadly describe Shelley as a revolutionary poet? original question: broadly describe shelly is a...

Percy Bysshe Shelley can be described as revolutionary in several ways, namely in terms of his lifestyle and personal beliefs, in terms of the content of his poetry, in light of his notions of the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2012 2:33 pm UTC

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Please paraphrase this: "And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my...

The context for these words is as follows: a traveller tells the story of finding a broken statue amid a vast empty desert of sand. It is the statue of ancient king who has a sneer on his face. On...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 11:55 am UTC

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How does Shelley introduce and handle the concept of the sublime in his poetry? Analyze its presence in two or more...

The sublime is a concept in romantic poetry that applies to the description of nature and how man comprehends the realm of experience that cannot be easily defined or measured. The sublime in...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013 6:56 am UTC

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What does the line "The path of its departure still is free" mean, from "Mutability" by Shelley?  

Shelley is referring here to the nature of mutability, or change. The central paradox at the heart of the poem is that the one thing that doesn't change is change itself. It's always there,...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 10:19 am UTC

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What are the biblical, historical and mythological allusions in "England in 1819"? urgent!!!

In Shelley's poem, "England in 1819," the historical allusion he makes is to the "old, mad, blind, despised, dying king." This would refer to George III. Though it seems that George was...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2010 7:08 am UTC

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Is the poem "to wordsworth" by Shelley a petrarchan sonnet? I cannot figure out what type of poem it is, it has 14...

The structure of this sonnet is a bit confusing because it does not fit exactly into the usual pattern of a sonnet. Traditionally there are two major types of sonnet: the Petrarchan/Italian, and...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013 1:05 pm UTC

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What does Percy Bysshe Shelley mean when he calls poets “the unacknowledged legislators of the world”?

In this quote from “In the Defence of Poetry,” poet Percy B. Shelley is commenting on the unrecognized level of influence that poets have in society. Consider how a legislator is someone who writes...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2020 5:55 pm UTC

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How is the poem "The Moon" by P.B. Shelley an allegorical poem?  

There are different ways to interpret any poem. And although some poems and literary texts have traditionally been explicated to illustrate one particular allegory, this is one such poem which...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2012 6:41 pm UTC

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I would like to know the literary techniques and their effect in the poem "To the Moon" by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Thanks

Percy Bysshe Sheley's poem "To the Moon" contains many different literary techniques (also known as poetic or rhetorical devices). ART thou pale for weariness Of climbing heaven, and gazing on...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2013 10:14 pm UTC

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How mankind is being benifitted by the clouds as describe in the poem "The Cloud" by Shelley ?

The cloud, who is the speaker in Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "The Cloud," speaks about some of the benefits he/she provides to mankind in the first stanza. Beginning in the first line, the cloud...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2011 3:50 am UTC

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What is the main point of writing the poem "Ozymandias"?

The overarching theme of the poem "Ozymandias" is the transience of human life and its achievements. Ozymandias was a great Egyptian pharaoh, otherwise known as Ramasses II, who once built a huge...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2018 11:04 am UTC

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Examine Shelley’s reactions to the politics of England during his time. How does his poetry reflect these realities?

In many respects, Shelley's writing is the result of his perception English society and politics. It is well documented that during his university studies, Shelley was the target of bullying and...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2013 11:59 am UTC

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Percy Bysshe Shelley's biography - his theory- feature- works – poems. the information should be conncted to the...

The poem 'Ode to the west wind' by Percy Bysshe Shelley demonstrates perfectly the poet's sharply observational style and it is hardly surprising, given the breath of nature that breezes through...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2009 11:27 pm UTC

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How could the poems "Ode to the West Wind" and "Ode to a Skylark" be paraphrased?

Assuming the format of this exercise is unspecified, I will eschew the poetic verses for simplification’s sake. For “Ode to the West Wind,” you could say something like the following. I Oh...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 4:11 pm UTC

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How does the statue of King Ozymandias express his position and authority?

The statue of Ozymandias has words carved into its pedestal that express his position and authority: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! These...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018 10:19 am UTC

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Who is "Jane" mentioned in several of Shelley's poems?

The woman named Jane to whom Shelley addressed several poems was Jane Williams, the wife of British naval officer Edward Williams. The Williamses met Shelley and his wife, Mary, in Italy, and the...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2011 1:21 am UTC

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How does P.B.Shelly use his skill of sensuous description of natural phenomena regarding, 'The sky after the rain' in...

Shelley uses personification in that last stanza. The Cloud is the child of both the Earth and Water. Then as the rain clears, the Cloud once again is reborn. But Shelley again uses the human...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2009 8:41 am UTC

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