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Read the lines from Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind."

O thou
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave,

Which best explains the metaphor in these lines?

1.The wind is compared to a chariot that carries the seeds of Nature to their winter grave.


2.The storm is compared to winter which buries Nature in a coffin of snow until Spring arrives.

3.Nature is compared to a grave that houses life during the winter.

4.A chariot is compared to a hearse that arrives to bury the fall for the winter.

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  1. My opinion is that ALL poetry should be read ALOUD. That is the best way to get a feeling for what the poet was feeling! Remember that an author who writes prose has pages and pages to tell his story. I poet must select the words used very carefully to get the "story" across.

    It helps to know what the West Wind signifies and here are some links to visit:

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&p=Shelley%27s+Ode+to+the+West+Wind

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