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  Ode - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Early in the 19th century the form was resumed, and we have the odes composed between 1817 and 1824 by Victor Hugo, the philosophical and religious odes of Lamartine, and the brilliant Odes funambulesques of Theodore de Banville (1857).
The golden age of German ode, both of the Pindaric and the Horatian varieties, is associated with the late 18th century and such writers as Klopstock and Schiller, whose An die Freude (Ode to Joy) inspired the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Shelley's Ode to the West Wind, written in fourteen line terza rima stanzas, is a major poem in the form, but perhaps the greatest odes of the 19th century were written by Keats.
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 MSN Encarta - Ode
The modern form of the ode dates from the Renaissance (14th to 17th centuries); like the Latin ode it is pure poetry, not intended for musical accompaniment.
English writers of odes in the 17th century included Ben Jonson and Andrew Marvell, who wrote in the Horatian mode, and John Milton, whose ode “On the Morning of Christ's Nativity” follows Pindaric form.
The popularity of the ode form waned during Victorian times (1837-1901), but interest in it was revived in the 20th century with works such as “Ode to the Confederate Dead” by the American writer Allen Tate and a variety of ode lyrics by the English poet W.
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 Ode to the West Wind - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Percy Bysshe Shelley composed the poem "Ode to the West Wind" in 1819 and published it in 1820.
The poem begins with 3 stanzas describing the wind's effects upon earth, air, and ocean.
The last two stanzas are Shelley speaking directly to the wind, asking for its power, to lift him like a leaf, or a cloud and make him its companion in its wanderings.He asks the wind to take his thoughts and spread them all over the world so that the youth are awoken with his ideas.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ode_to_the_West_Wind   (212 words)

 Notes to "Ode to the West Wind"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The poet describes vividly the activities of the west wind on the earth, in the sky and on the sea, and then expresses his envy for the boundless freedom of the west wind, and his wish to be free like the wind and to scatter his words among mankind.
The ode is a lyric poem of some length, dealing with a lofty theme in a dignified manner and originally intended to be sung.
Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" is of the Horatian type, i.e., with stanzas of uniform length and arrangement.
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 Ode to the West Wind -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Some have interpreted the poem to be an expression of the speaker lamenting his/her current geolocation, but at the same time rejoicing in the fact his/her (additional info and facts about written) written works will have influence over people in different geolocations.
The poem begins with 3 (A fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem) stanzas describing the wind's effects upon earth, air, and ocean.
The rhyme scheme of the poem is ABA BCB CDC DED FF, and it is written in iambic pentameter.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/o/od/ode_to_the_west_wind.htm   (178 words)

 Patrick Mooney remaps Shelley's Ode to the West Wind
In its exploration of the nature of prophecy, the relation of prophecy to poetry, and the relation of the poet to both, Shelley's particular inspirational force -- the West Wind -- requires him to work within the traditional mythological structure of the change of the seasons and the events associated with this change.
The poem's present is located in autumn, as is shown by the fact that the poem is an address to the West Wind, which is the "breath of autumn's being." (Shelley 1) This can also be seen from the image of the dead leaves driven by the wind.
This attunement is required because the narrator becomes the "lyre" played by his inspirational force, the West Wind, and so is required to harmonize with it in his patterns of thought, and because he then begins to identify himself with this inspirational force.
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 Romanticism and Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind"
The "Ode to the West Wind" expresses perfectly the aims and views of the Romantic period.
What is perhaps most important is that "Ode to the West Wind" expresses the aspect of the Romantic movement which emphasized the search for individual definitions of morality rather than blindly accepting religious dogmas.
Shelley is essentially a visionary of this change; he invokes the powerful West Wind, a force he identifies with evil, his ever-changing world, and his own subconscious, to work through him to bring about the change that he so badly desires for the world, and believes could be possible.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Olympus/5599/literature/shelley.html   (861 words)

 PlanetPapers - Ode to the West Wind
"Ode to the West Wind" was written by Shelley on a day when the weather was unpredictable and windy, the poem reflects the mood of the weather and expresses Shelley’s desire for creativeness and intellect.
The fifth section presents the resolution to Shelley’s desire to be effected by the wind by Shelley letting go of his self-control and allowing himself to be an instrument of the wind.
Shelley views his newfound relationship with the wind as being a rebirth of creativity and intellect and ultimately gains the gifts he set out to find from being open to the west wind.
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 Free Essays on Ode To The West Wind
The wind’s role is to spread the dead leaves and this enables the seeds to spread and begin life anew.
Tying in with the theme that the wind’s unseen presence is witnessed in the sea, air and land.
The wind is the source of his inspiration and he attempts to force a marriage between the wind and his own position in life.
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 RPO -- Percy Bysshe Shelley : Ode to the West Wind
Zephyrus was the west wind, son of Astrœus and Aurora.
The wind's tumultuous "mighty harmonies" (59) imprint their power and patterns on the "leaves" they drive, both ones that fall from trees, and ones we call `pages,' the leaves on which poems are written.
In the third stanza, the wind penetrates to the Atlantic's depths and causes the sea flowers and "oozy woods" to "despoil themselves" (40, 42), that is, to shed the "sapless foliage of the ocean," sea-leaves.
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 SparkNotes: Shelley's Poetry: "Ode to the West Wind"
The speaker invokes the "wild West Wind" of autumn, which scatters the dead leaves and spreads seeds so that they may be nurtured by the spring, and asks that the wind, a "destroyer and preserver," hear him.
He pleads with the wind to lift him "as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!"--for though he is like the wind at heart, untamable and proud--he is now chained and bowed with the weight of his hours upon the earth.
Shelley asks the wind to be his spirit, and in the same movement he makes it his metaphorical spirit, his poetic faculty, which will play him like a musical instrument, the way the wind strums the leaves of the trees.
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 Jinny Ahn on Ode to the West Wind
Notably, on the same draft that bears the last two stanzas of the 'Ode,' Shelley inscribed below it a quote in Greek, "By virtue, I, a mortal vanquish thee a mighty God." Some critics argue that this quote was an act of defiance against his critics and an assertion of his atheism.
Thus his disillusionment of the political state is evident in 'Ode' by the prophetic decay of living things in Nature in the first stanza.
Like the dead leaves scattered by the wind in 'Ode', hypertext does not remain fixed or centered to a singular authority or organization.
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Shelley's poem is his attempt to let the West Wind work through him Ode to the West Wind O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being, Thou, form whose unseen presence the leaves dead Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing.
Connotations to the West Wind being the sustainer and giver of life is a highlighted theme throughout the poem.
The connection between the seasons as implied by the West Wind and the Spring involve a cyclical relationship that connects life and death as seasonal events that are dependent on each other.
www2.hawaii.edu /~talaeai/school/ode.doc   (2413 words)

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The last two lines of the stanza are addressed to the wind itself, Shelley calls it wild, says that it is both destroyer and preserver, destroyer of the remaining warmth and color of autumn, and the preserver of the seeds and buds until the spring.
Shelley says that the wind is a dirge for the dying year, that the noise of the wind is like the year's death song.
He wants the wind to carry his thoughts around the world and the wind does with the dead leaves from the trees, for if his dead thoughts are taken like the leaves, the quicker the new ones will seem to come.
www.assumption.edu /users/ady/HHRomanticism/Rshpg/beldridg/intode.html   (1079 words)

 Ode to the West Wind Essays - An Analysis of Ode to the West Wind
Ode to the West Wind Essays - An Analysis of Ode to the West Wind
Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" appears more complex at first than it really is because the poem is structured much like a long, complex sentence in which the main clause does not appear until the last of five fourteen line sections.
And each section ends with Shelley asking the West Wind to "hear, oh hear!" The reader's curiosity is therefore both aroused and suspended, because we know the west wind is supposed to "hear" something, but we aren't told what the wind is suposed to hear or is supposed to do.
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 MSN Encarta - Sidebar - "Ode to the West Wind"
The English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote the following ode on a blustery day in 1819, while in a forest near Florence, Italy.
In it he addresses an autumn wind known in the region as Ausonius.
In the final stanza—which ends with the now famous line “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”—Shelley appeals to the wind to help him spread the moral and political messages of his work.
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The surface of the poem is quite simple since the West Wind is the main character throughout the lines and the first three stanzas respectively deal with its action on the land, the sky and the sea which, on their turn, symbolically stand for the natural elements earth, air and water.
The poem starts with the invocation to the wind, which, beside being written in capital letters, is addressed as “wild”, symbolizing its blind power and careless strength, and “west”, defining its autumnal nature, and is introduced to the reader while blowing all over the earth bringing destruction and death everywhere.
In the first tercet, as to remind the reader of the general presence of the wind all over nature, there is the simile between the clouds driven all across the sky and the decaying leaves of the first stanza scattered upon the earth.
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 Shelley   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The wind of destruction for which the "West Wind" stands is part of the cycle of nature.
The "West Wind" is intented to be the lips which announce a prophecy (l.63-69).
The "West Wind" and Shelley himself are the main characters of the ode.
www.gymnasium-meschede.de /projekte/romantik/shelley.htm   (1958 words)

 Shelley and Keats
The Romantic autumnal odes of Shelley and Keats are born from the poetic observations of natural changes and from their ability to penetrate the mood of fall which provides them a incentive for artistic creativity.
He ends his prayer to the wind by asking it to be through his lips "the trumpet of a prophecy" (WW, 678/69) to the whole Earth, which is as yet "unawakened" (WW, 678/68) as nature in the season of autumn in expectation for the for the coming of springtime after the winter is over.
While in "Ode to the West Wind" Shelley personifies the active sublime power of the wind, the other poet in "To Autumn" puts in the center the figure of autumn, which in his descriptions is "a female^passive, an embodiment of earthly paradise" (Baker, p.187).
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 Ode to the West Wind
The West Wind is, as this phrase suggests, a manifestation of spiritual or supernatural energy, associated with breath, respiration and inspiration, with pneuma and anima, the Holy Ghost or Spirit, the spirit of life itself.
Shelley likes himself, hypothetically, to a leaf, a cloud and a wave, subject to the force of the West Wind, and asks to be borne aloft with it: he may be talking about "inspiration" or "enthusiasm", both words which are derived from the sense of being filled with air, inflated, rising above experience and age.
The "West Wind", in a spiritual sense, becomes an abstract expression or manifestation of the spirit - the anima, the "divine wind" - within Nature, a driving force behind the turning wheel of the seasons and the cycles of Life-and-Death.
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 Gale - Free Resources - Poet's Corner - Poems - Ode to the West Wind Explanation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In Greek and Roman mythology, the spring west wind was masculine, as was the autumnal wind.
The lush sea foliage, which is "sapless" because the plants are underwater, is aware of the wind's ability to destroy; remembering the havoc of cold weather storms, the vegetation is drained of color, as a person turns pale with fear, or as plant life on Earth fades in the fall.
After three stanzas of describing the West Wind's power, which are all echoed in the first three lines of Stanza IV, the speaker asks to be moved by this spirit.
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 Model: Literature Based Comparison & Contrast Essay
John Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” are almost antithetical poems.
Shelley speaks to his chosen West Wind in three line stanzas, as though at haste to speak and as though to rush his readers on.
Shelley claimed to be a Platonist, but his “Ode to the West Wind” reads as though written by the most frantic disciple of Heraclitus.
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 [minstrels] Ode to the West Wind -- Percy Bysshe Shelley
In it, finally, we see Shelley fusing the airy imagery, the interplay of colour and light and shadow which are his poetic forte, with the philosophical and moral concerns that tinged his political life.
Despite his firm grasp of practical politics, however, it is a mistake to look for concreteness in his poetry, where his concern is with subtleties of perception and with the underlying forces of nature: his most characteristic image is of sky and weather, of lights and fires.
His aim became, as he wrote in "Ode to the West Wind," to make his words "Ashes and sparks" as from "an unextinguished hearth," thereby transforming subsequent generations and, through them, the world.
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 Romantic Audience Project :: Triptych for Ode to the West Wind-key
After its initial usage in the first line, the west wind is referred to only through the archaic pronoun “thou,” or the word “spirit.” It is not by haphazard selection that “thou” replaces the more specific title of West Wind.
As explained in E1, “Growing ever bolder, in the fifth stanza the poet compounds his ardent desire to be “one too like thee,” meaning one like the wind, the divine spirit in all its omnipotence.” (line 56) The central placement of the wind is a critical part of my remapping.
Unlike the lines from the preceding four stanzas, the lines from the “wind” stanza are broken up across their panel to show the poet’s desire for the wind to “scatter” his words.
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Taken within the context of the different stanzas, the cry to be heard is used to separate the speaker and his/her present reality with that of the omnipotence of the West Wind.
In lines 23-28, provides a heavy handed approach to the West Winds power that for the first time may imply the speakers intended purpose.
The use of explicatives such as Black rain, fire and hail (line 28), are a part of continuous metaphors used throughout the first portion of the poem.
www2.hawaii.edu /~talaeai/school/odeii.doc   (1341 words)

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