Ode To The West Wind By Percy Bysshe Shelly: The Influence Of Literature?

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For being such a commonplace term, Literature is rather loosely defined. The term originated in the late 14th Century from the Latin root litera/littera meaning letter and was used to refer to writing formed with letters. Through the ages, several other definitions have come to pass, including Merriam – Webster’s, that says literature can be anything from written works (such as poems, plays, and novels) that are considered to be very good and to have lasting importance, to printed materials (such as booklets, leaflets, and brochures) that provide information about something. In this paper, we look at how written work developed since writing was invented and how crucial a role it played in shaping historical events and how in turn, history affected…show more content…
Percy Bysshe Shelly glorified nature, his poems reflecting his inner turmoil. His Ode to the West Wind is my absolute favourite poem. The different metaphors and vivid images invoked somehow accentuate the power of the wild west wind and inspire the reader. His cry for inspiration in the last few lines and elegant proclamation of better times to come are some of the most lasting images in English Literature. Another interesting feature of this period is the rise of female authors. Notable contributors include Mary Shelly, wife of Percy Shelly and novelist Jane Austen. One can interpret this by saying that women naturally are more emotional than men and the general outlook of the time, coupled with some forms of education, allowed their creativity to flourish. An age that started out with literature influencing history then ended with a return of the favour. The Romantic age was an age of poetry, and just as the Elizabethan Age prior to this, the course of history was somehow perfect for the extensive development of yet another branch of literature. The incredibly beautiful imagery and aesthetic quality of romantic poetry finds parallel nowhere else in English…show more content…
Though many interesting and notable contributors might have been missed, I have tried my best to keep this paper concise and list out some of the times, incidents and people I felt were most significant. In the introductory part, we began with an understanding of what counts as literature. We then progressed to English Literature in three different forms – the Drama, Poetry and the Prose and respectively the most relevant periods in history. We saw how the times, the general demeanour of the masses, and the advancements in science and technology created the perfect settings for the development of each of these literary genres. Then we moved on to eminent philosophers and scientists, whose works, rightly termed as literature, had massive says in the progression of mankind. Thus, starting by looking at the impact of human history on the literary work produced, our discussion reached a full circle, ending with the impact of literature on our path to the modern world. By no means is this an exhaustive study, nor an in depth analysis, yet I hope it serves to provide a good idea of the topic and hopefully, in the reader, generate an interest to know
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