Analysis[ edit ] The cloud is a metaphor for the unending cycle of nature: I arise and unbuild it again. In "The Cloud", Shelley relies on the imagery of transformation or metamorphosis, a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth:
Summary and Critical Analysis The Cloud by Shelley is perhaps the most important one in Shelley's poetry in terms of imagery and symbols. It symbolizes the force and harbinger of revolution. It is the agent of change that inspires one to move from apathy to spiritual vitality. It is dynamic and creative.
In this poem, it is even personified, angelic, immortal, and mythical. The Cloud is here treated as a kind of essential element which binds and sustains all other things.
It supplies the soil with rain so that regenerate. Shelley It gives shade to the sapling and the ripeness of the fruit. It functions as the gardener, nurse and mother to the natural beings. But it also works like a thresher, and it has its aggressive nature too.
By employing this form of personification, Shelley is able to endow the nature with the powers and attributes of the immortal gods; the cloud is made a minor divinity. The cloud is not only capable of changing but also not capable of dying.
It becomes the gardener that brings rain to the thirsty flowers, a nurse who shades the child as the child is having a nap in the midday sun, a bird that shakes its dew over the buds, and a thresher who beats the seeds off after harvesting the crops.
It sleeps, laughs, floats, pursues a beloved, folds its wings like a bird, it broods, marches through the rainbow triumphantly. This is obviously the common symbol of the Shelleyan revolution.
The first stanza states the various activities and functions of the cloud.
It brings fresh showers from the seas and rivers for thirsty flowers. It provides shade for the leaves when they sleep during the daytime. It showers down upon buds that open up after being fed in this manner.
Sometimes, the cloud also brings the hail that covers the green plains with a white coat, but soon enough it dissolves this hail with rain.
It disturbs the snow on mountaintops, and this makes the tall pine tree grown in surprise. At night, the snow forms its pillow while it sleeps in the arms of the storm. Lightning guides the cloud over water and land, because it is attracted by its love for the genii, the negatively charged counterpart of the positive charge in the lightning above, or the spirits that live below the purple sea.
In search, of this love, lightning travels everywhere taking the cloud with it. During his journey, the cloud enjoys itself in the smile of the blue sky, while lightening dissolves itself in tears of rain. The details of the first stanza and the second stanza evoke both gentle and harsh qualities of the cloud; it is not only the agent of nursing baby plants, it also threatens and even destroys the old pine trees in Shelley, the old trees are rooted evil institutions and conventions of inhumanity.
Its position is similar to an eagle sitting for a moment on the top of a mountain, which is moved hither and thither by the earthquake.
When the sunset announces the end of the day, singing its song of rest and love from the sea beneath, when the red covering falls upon the whole world from the sky, the cloud rests like a dove, sitting in its nest with folded wings.
This image evokes the Biblical image of the Holy Spirit, the one universal creative force, evoking the cloud significance as a universally creative force of the nature. In the fourth stanza, we find the cloud talking about the moon. It says that the moon guides over the soft, silken floor of the cloud, the floor that has been prepared by the midnight breezes that scatter the cloud here and there.'The Cloud' is one of the famous poems of Shelly.
Shelly personifies the cloud. In other words, he gives it life and a personality.
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Percy Bysshe Shelley (/ b ɪ ʃ / (listen) BISH; 4 August – 8 July ) was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finer lyric and philosophical poets in the English language, and one of the more influential.
A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, Shelley did not see fame during . "The Cloud" is a major poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
"The Cloud" was written during late or early , and submitted for publication on 12 July