Percy Bysshe Shelley literary Analysis
In this analysis of Percy Shelley work, I will discuss the many literary devices that romantic works possess and is incorporated throughout the literature. I will also discuss the important elements and themes in the literature of the Romantic Era that are essential to the pieces. I will be particularly discussing two plays, Prometheus unbound, and the Since, Percy Shelley wrote In 1819 and 1820. Percy had a strange connection with nature, so in many of his works he used intricate imagery to describe some of the settings.
In Prometheus Unbound preface, e describes the setting in India as mountainous ruins with winding labyrinths with flowery thickets walls, and blooming trees next to elaborate arches In the bright blue sky.
He describes a dove wings as azure and orange fading Into gold, and their smiles as a star’s fire lighting up the sky. He portrays the seasons as a variety of “rainbow- skirted showers… Odorous winds.
.. Dew-mingled rain of the calm moonbeams…
Ever- living leaves and fruits and flowers”.
Shelley continues these kinds of descriptions throughout the rest of the piece. Percy Shelley uses unique and diverse themes portraying some of his very radical beliefs. The main theme that reoccurs multiple times is the power of nature and the creative and destructive power it has over people (sparseness. Com).
In Prometheus unbound, Shelley describes how the existence of the mind In Nature produces emotion and thoughts provoking questions inquiring about how to modify objects of nature.
Shelley also used political themes and oppressive monarchs to capture certain ideals of freedom, emotion and individuality (O’Connor). Shelley like many Romanticist wanted to reform the world through their pieces of literature. Shelley did not solely write to directly influence reform efforts but to refine the Imagination of the poetic readers with excellence in morality. In the 1 9th century, Shelley was claimed to be a prophet of either morality or immorality (Amtrak).
He formulated his own explanations of the mysteries of the universe because he asked and answered fundamental questions.
This deep thinking, the reason why Shelley was shunned by society, liberated him from the authoritative restraints (McLean) and is the bases of any of his literary works. Percy Abysses Shelley uses a lot of Inverted order to present many of his questions and statements In a rhetorical way. Shelley throughout Prometheus uses Inverted order to fit his words into the correct rhymes scheme. Instead of ‘I will talk with you as I want’ Shelley said “May I then talk with thee as I wont? ” (3.
125) Another example is “All hope abandon ye who enter here”. Shelley used this phrase from Dante to say that everyone who enters the gate of hell should lose their hope. Another literary device popular used by Shelley is an analogy. Shelley used to compare two things to further explain and clarify it. Shelley uses the analogy that kings had power as wide as the world was wasted, to explain that the kings power was as Infinite as the world was corrupt and devastated of Its worth (3.
He then goes on to describe how the stars flee beyond their habitat Just as a fawns flees from a leopard (415). 1 OFF Prometheus. “Sun, has it not seen? The Sea in the storm..
. Shadow’ this alliteration is used to create a pattern that will catch the focus of the reader and that is easy to read. Another pattern he used as alliteration are festal flowers falls flushing her check, “shook the solid stars”, “swift shapes and sounds”, “hell of hatred and hopes”, “sounds sweet as a singing rain of silver”, and sightless spinning slowly solemnly.
Shelley used alliteration throughout this piece. Percy Abysses Shelley sometimes used paradox statement that usually leads to a conclusion that seems self-contradictory even though it is acceptably sound.
Shelley says that heaven seems hell. Heaven is the opposite of Hell so this seems to be contradicting each other but Shelley could be inferring that someone’s ideal of even could appear to be hell to another person.
He describes mixed Joy as pain and again later says that” Joy is almost pain” another contradicting depiction. This could mean that something that gives you Joy can cause you emotional and/or physical pain. Shelley used many metaphors and similes to transfer the aspects of a group of words with another.
Shelley explains current times are spread like padding full of spurs used for a pillow. Justice, peace and love are as soft winds to shepherds when they struggle to increase. He describes the words as air that you can’t feel.