Percy Bysshe Shelley

1. In Shelley’s “A Defence of Poetry,” he states that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the World.” What do you think he means by this?

2. Compare Shelley’s attitude toward nature with that of Wordsworth. What do these two Romantic poets seem to share and where do they differ in their relationships with the natural world?

3. “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?,” the concluding line of “Ode to the West Wind” is one of Shelley’s most frequently quoted lines. What do you think it means?

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  1. j.leedaly says:

    1. In Shelley’s “A Defence of Poetry,” he states that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the World.” What do you think he means by this?

    Shelley begins his conclusion stating that poetry comes from “the happiest and best minds.” He goes on to explain how sensitive the mind and how big the imagination of a poet must be. Poets not only experience emotions, but draw upon the experiences to make it immortal in writing.

    The author also explains the importance of poetry in revolutionary societies and acknowledges that many are not aware of the lasting impact that poems can hold. Shelley also assigns a great deal of duties that a poet must commit to; to “measure the circumference and sound the depths of human nature” and to be “the trumpets which sing to battle.” Ensuring that a poet does his job correctly, they can shape the minds of citizens and, in turn, society as a whole.

  2. a.gorenstein says:

    1. In Shelley’s “A Defence of Poetry,” he states that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the World.” What do you think he means by this?

    Shelley thinks that poets have power just as legislators in the government have power. I think he is saying that the power the poets have is to teach things that are deep and heavy but are needed to enhance the mind. Poets are not seen as world leaders and this why Shelley claims they go “unacknowledged.” Yet, they are essential to human life and development.

  3. k.zaman1 says:

    Compare Shelley’s attitude toward nature with that of Wordsworth. What do these two Romantic poets seem to share and where do they differ in their relationships with the natural world?

    Wordsworth “Tintern abbey” reminds him that the nature always have an impression on him. Nature have gives him the source to release the pressure from the city life and made him think spiritually on the second visit. Shelly’s “Stanzas Written in Dejection”in his poem he tells the beauty of the nature beside him but there is no effect on him. they both are similar in saying that the nature are beautiful and effective.

  4. m.maryles says:

    2. Compare Shelley’s attitude toward nature with that of Wordsworth. What do these two Romantic poets seem to share and where do they differ in their relationships with the natural world?

    Wordsworth used nature as a light when he was in dark times, whereas Shelley used nature as somewhat of a comparison, comparing how great nature is to how bad and loathsome he is.

  5. a.chowdhury4 says:

    1. In Shelley’s “A Defence of Poetry,” he states that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the World.” What do you think he means by this?

    He is trying to talk about the importance of the poets in our society. Their works get quite a bit of audience , thus making them the perfect individual to demand for a change. They could introduce a new idea to the people of the society. They are “unacknowledged” but has a very crucial role in our society.

  6. z.shao says:

    “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?,” the concluding line of “Ode to the West Wind” is one of Shelley’s most frequently quoted lines. What do you think it means?

    In the winter, everything is depleted, so winter symbolizes vandals, and in spring everything recovers, so it symbolizes new hope. The seasons change, and in the coming winter, spring will follow. This sentence expresses the firm conviction that bad things will be passed and a beautiful future will come.

  7. a.denis1 says:

    Compare Shelley’s attitude toward nature with that of Wordsworth. What do these two Romantic poets seem to share and where do they differ in their relationships with the natural world?

    Both Shelley and Wordsworth admired nature in their poems. Words worth in his poem alludes to a place where he visits that bring him peace and tranquility. He reminisces this place full of nature when going through tribulation . The speaker in Shelley’s poem praises the West wind during autumn in anticipation for spring. Both poem displayed a positive attitude towards nature.

    However, Shelley also compares the west wind, a force of nature, negatively. The poem compared the west wind to a destroyer and a preserver. During autumn, the wind blows causing the leaves to fall on the ground and erosion in the soil. This leads to the scattering of seeds in various locations. This would lead to the growth of new plants and trees due tot he wind. This displays that the wind affects nature and assist nature .

  8. a.carter1 says:

    Compare Shelley’s attitude toward nature with that of Wordsworth. What do these two Romantic poets seem to share and where do they differ in their relationships with the natural world?

    Shelley’s attitude towards nature is lot more comparative, while Wordsworth’s is more appreciative. Wordsworth admires nature. He creates scenes and illustrations of nature with emotions to accompany them. Shelley uses nature to depict comparisons of how he feels. Wordsworth talks about the beauty of the river, the sky, the sun, the cliff, the ocean, etc, etc,. Shelley compares and contrasts himself to the sun and the wind.

  9. h.xu3 says:

    “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” the concluding line of “Ode to the West Wind” is one of Shelley’s most frequently quoted lines. What do you think it means?

    This quoted line makes me feel the poet is full of confidence in the future because spring does come after the winter is over. The background of this poetry is European workers’ movements and revolutionary movements were waging at that time. The British working class is struggling against the bourgeoisie in order to fight for their right to life. I think what Shelly really tries to express is the revolution has happened already and the victory is not far away. It shows us his eager for a bright future and strong faith, reveals new things will over the objective law of old things. This line is predicting the victory of the revolution, bringing inspiration and hope to the people who live in the dark and the difficult.

  10. l.osta says:

    If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?,” the concluding line of “Ode to the West Wind” is one of Shelley’s most frequently quoted lines. What do you think it means?

    To me this last line is expressing the changing of time and seasons coming one after another. this could also be interpreted as once the glumy or winter days because they’re short amount of sunglight which makes most of the day dark which many people see darkness as a sign of bad things. people deal with “winters” or bad moments it’s always followed by something good like spring. Which people relate to spring as joyful, lots of sun and longer days.

  11. l.zhu5 says:

    3. “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?,” the concluding line of “Ode to the West Wind” is one of Shelley’s most frequently quoted lines. What do you think it means?

    The sentence is very famous that’s translated to different language. For me, the difficulty is temporary. People will win the battle by breaking through difficulties and obstacles. We may say this sentence during the hard time and encourage ourselves. The winter means that now is the hard time, the most difficult and the most painful moment. After winter is spring, it implies that happiness and freedom are coming soon. Also, I think that its meaning is similar to another sentence I’ve heard that is “The future of things is bright and the road is tortuous.”

  12. s.hossain9 says:

    3. “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?,” the concluding line of “Ode to the West Wind” is one of Shelley’s most frequently quoted lines. What do you think it means?

    Winter is a cold, and dark time. With it are themes of death, despair, isolation, and darkness. Sometimes it drags on and it seems to not be ending. The negative emotions, feelings, and moods persist, but in nature as winter ends spring must begin. His lines suggest that although this dark time is passing over there is a time of warmth, color, and rebirth that is just about to begin. With this new time all the bad of winter will leave with it. This not only can be taken literally in its reference to nature but can also be interpreted metaphorically to reference life in general. Life is always changing and after dark times, light times will follow.

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