What would be a thesis for the poems "Ode to the West Wind", "The Skylark", and "The Cloud" by Percy Bysshe Shelley?They're all about nature, but I don't know how to make them all into one and...

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

They're all about nature, but I don't know how to make them all into one and relate with each other..

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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 expressing awe or fascination with nature (try the last stanza of the first section of "Wind"; stanza 12 of "Skylark"; stanza 6 of "Cloud"); adoration for nature (mention that 3 such poems that go into such depth of nature is a sign of his affection, then go through each poem and list words that reflect nature in a positive light, like "Wild spirit", "music sweet as love", and "pillow white", "sublime"; then go through each poem and list where he feels connected to nature (stanzas 4 and 5 of "Wind"; all throughout "Skylark"; and his use of "I" in "Cloud" indicates he is putting himself in the position of the cloud).

Another possible thesis is that all three poems talk about the impact that these three things have on the world and people around them.  "Wind" talks about the wind as a harbringer of death, life, fear and love, "Skylark" talks repeatedly of the impact the bird's song has, and how its beauty inspires, and "Cloud" talks about how the clouds direct, call attention to, connect with, all other forms of nature.  So your thesis could be "In these three poems, Shelley discusses the impact that nature has on the world around us, and upon our lives."

I hope that gives you some ideas; good luck!