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Percy Shelley's "Ode to Heaven"
Analysis of "Ode to Heaven"


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    "Ode to Heaven" is a poem written by Shelley in the Romantic style. With the love and worship of nature, with a spark of imagination, Percy has thrusted upon the reader a poem of divine beauty.
    In the first stanza, voiced by the Chorus of Spirits, there is a relation placed between the stars and heaven itself. The past, present, and future are intertwined into one, and  the earth and sky are forever tuned and connected to one another. It is merely a description on how humans perceive heaven.
    The second stanza serves to emphasize the fact that heaven is joined by the moon, stars, and planets of the solar system and beyond. It is somewhat of an indication that this poem of heaven tends to lean toward the more scientific than religious standpoint.
    In the third stanza, the Chorus of Spirits emphasize upon the listener that the heaven that is there will always remain. That, though man may worship other gods and heavens in his lifetime, The Heaven will remain forever.
    The fourth stanza is placed upon "A remoter voice," who speaks of a heaven where the human imagination grows and where the weak turn to for santuary. The voice then raises the point that heaven will make your life on earth seem like nothing more than a passing glance, only memories in a dream of life.
    The fifth stanza is voiced by "A louder and still remoter voice," who immediately condenscends the remoter voice on it's precise presumption on heaven. The louder voice then explains to the remoter voice that heaven is "a drop of dew, filling in the morning new." This allows the reader to ponder the vastness of such a bold statement, and plays upon the reader an image of frailty and beauty.

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