Why does Shelley invoke the power of the West Wind?

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As with many Romantic poets, Shelley sees nature as a powerful force with its own distinct personality. The wind isn't simply a meteorological phenomenon; it's a source of the sublime that both overawes us and reconnects us to the natural world. And the west wind, like other features of the natural world, when fused with the poet's imagination, can generate enduring works of art. In that sense, the west wind works in partnership with the poet, spreading his fame far and wide. Yet so overawed is Shelley by the forces of nature that he gladly adopts a subordinate...

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