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Percy Bysshe Shelley`s Poetry Analysis

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Percy Bysshe Shelley`s Poetry Analysis

Shelley’s poetry covers a variety of themes from extreme joy and ecstasy to brooding despair. Themes such as restlessness, protestings against the power, an interesting relation with nature, ideal love, and a spirit seeking for freedom. I chose death as the theme to analyse because I like to read poems about death, it is interesting how death is interpreted and what the poet thinks about after-death and other death-related philosophical questions. Many of these poems are really depressing and sad such as “ A Dirge“ and “Adonais“ and while analyzing Shelley’s work, it also makes you understand what is going on in Britain and Europe during ...view middle of the document...

He makes the world too black and white by saying that the world is wrong then he must know what is right as well.
The poem has only eight lines but still can create a strong emotion. The rhyme scheme is abab cccd and the fifth, sixth and eighth lines last words` rhyme slows down the whole poem`s rhythm step by step piling up of emotions.
Secondly, Shelley’s other death themed poem I analyze is titled “Adonais“. The mood of the poem begins in dejection and sadness. He is mourning the death of his good friend and his intention is to make everyone understand how important that person was and to make everyone else mourn as well so that he could be remembered forever. What Shelley is saying in the 8th stanza is that the impact of his friend`s life who passed away should not be measured merely by the time that he spent living, but rather should include all of the time that his presence is felt even in death. Although his ghost is unrecognizable to those closest to him, his friend’s soul forever shines brightly, illuminating from the heavens over the darkness and animosity reflected by the status quo on earth.
The poem`s title Adoinais is a Greek legend which is a tale about a young man just like Shelley`s friend who also died but was admired by every God and when he died, was admired and mourned by the Greek women. Using this myth as the central theme in the...

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