What is the breath of autumn in “Ode to the West Wind”?

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In Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind," autumn is personified as a living being, and the eponymous "West Wind" is described, metaphorically, as the "breath" of that being. In other words, the breath of autumn is the speaker's way of describing the west wind.

This wind blows the dead autumn leaves, and it also heralds "the dying year." The west wind, or the breath of autumn, is thus a signal that winter is on its way. The west wind also "waken[s] from his summer dreams / The blue...

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