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Literary Devices in Ode to the West Wind

Literary Devices Examples in Ode to the West Wind:

Ode to the West Wind

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"A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share The impulse of thy strength..."   (Ode to the West Wind)

Note the alliteration and consonance of p sounds in "pant," "power," and "impulse," evoking the power of the west wind as well as the pounding power of the wave it generates. 

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"Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing..."   (Ode to the West Wind)

The last two words in each of these two lines are reversed. The normal syntax would be: "the dead leaves are driven like ghosts fleeing from an enchanter." By reversing the normal order, Shelley imitates the pell-mell, helter-skelter flight of the stricken leaves. Those in back are tumbled into the front by the wild wind, and other leaves behind in the rout will be blown in front of them.

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