Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

Paul William Whickman
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Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” was likely composed in October 1819 near Florence (Donovan 300); it first appeared in print as one of the “Miscellaneous Poems” in his 1820

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volume. Sharing thematic and formal concerns with other poems in the volume as well as others composed in 1819, “Ode to the West Wind” is a poem that is also informed by its particular historical context.

Literary and Historical Context

Literary and Historical Context

The year 1819 was a remarkable one in literary history. James Chandler notes the sheer “quantity and quality of extraordinary writings produced in a relatively brief epoch” (Chandler xiii); during that same year appeared such major works as the first two cantos of Byron’s Don Juan and the six odes that ensured the

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Citation: Whickman, Paul William. "Ode to the West Wind". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2013 [, accessed 26 February 2024.]

34176 Ode to the West Wind 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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