what is poet saying in these lines
Scarce seem'd a vision—I would ne'er have striven As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need. O! lift 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 55
One too like thee—tameless, and swift, and proud.
‘Ode to west wind’ is one of the most popular odes written by P.B. Shelley. In the poem he shows his love to liberty and freedom through the west wind.
In these lines “scarce seems….sore need” the poet is telling about his days of boyhood, when he used to run with the wind. He says that such an act never seemed to him as a mere vision. He says that he could became as he were in his boyhood, he would never thus cringe to it(west wind) for help.
“O left me…thorns of life”- in these line he request the west wind to lift him as a wave, a leaf, a cloud, because he has fallen upon the thorns of life. Means he is in a state of distress.
“I bleed”- means he is suffering a lot because of his distress.
“a heavy…bow’d”- a heavy Weight of years or as the time has passed he is chained, bowed and humbled.
“One to…. And proud”- because of his this situation he requests west wind to be tameless (uncontrollable), swift (quick) and proud like west wind.