In things as an adult. He doesn’t regret becoming

In Ode to Melancholy, Keats basically gives us three stanzas
with the subject matter being different ways to deal with sadness in a way. The
first stanza warns the reader of what not to do. First, do not forget your sadness
by “going to Lethe”. Secondly, you musn’t commit suicide by eating the ruby
grape. The “ruby grape of Prosperine is poisonous”. Prosperine is the queen of
the Underworld in mythology. Thirdly, you should not become obsessed with
objects of death and misery. Keats lists, the beetle, death-moth, and the owl
amongst some of these objects. In the last stanza, Keats wraps it up by saying
everything has a parallel opposite in a way. Pleasure and pain are one, as well
as beauty and death.

 

In Ode to the West Wind, Shelley starts by addressing the
West Wind and asking it to hear him. This poem is about rebirth, ultimately. It’s
filled with pictures of death like, “Pestilence-stricken multitudes: O thou,
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed”. Each stanza features descriptions of decay
and or death, such as, “Each like a corpse within it grave, until Thine azure
sister if the Spring shall blow”. By the end of the poem it is clear that
Shelley thinks death can be somewhat fruitful. Death creates a chance to be
reborn.

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In Ode: Imitations of Immortality from Recollections of
Early Childhood, Wordsworth is reliving his glory days (his childhood). He
recalls when the “meadow, grove, and stream. The earth, and every common sight,
to me did seem appareled in celestial light” (lines 1-4). Life is not what it
used to be for him. His childhood is overshadowing his current life because he
believes everything was better. “The Rainbow comes and goes, and lovely is the
Rose, the Moon doth with delight , Look round her when the heavens are bare” (Lines
1-5 Stanza 2), but he no longer sees the beauty in these things as an adult. He
doesn’t regret becoming old because he has found joy in new things.

 

Manfred is about a man that is losing/lost the
love of his life. He could no longer live with the things he regrets, which eventually
drove him insane. He seeks forgetfulness from the seven sins who represent
earth, as well as its elements (Earth, Ocean, Air, Night, Mountain, Wind, and
Star. He never says what he is trying to forget. He asks to see one of them and
the spirit transforms into a woman, probably his lost love. When he tries to
embrace her, the spirit disappears, and he tries to kill himself by jumping off
a mountain. A goat hunter or “chamois” saves him by grabbing him as he is about
to jump off

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