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Percy Shelley's "Ode to Heaven"
Analysis of "Facing West from California's Shores"


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"Facing West from California's Shores" is a masterful piece of poetry of desire and adventure.  In the poem, Whitman describes himself facing west, "seeking what is yet unfound." He then looks toward mother nature and ponders the migrations explorers have taken in the past. "From Hindustan, from the vales of Kash-mere, From Asia, from the north, from the God, the sage, and the hero." He then states that he too is a wander, rounding the earth and enjoying the sights and sounds. The poem closes with a statement of unfulfillment as he states "But where is what I started for so long ago? And why is it yet unfound?"
    In comparison to Shelley's "Ode to Heaven," Walt Whitman's poem is written in the Romantic style of writing. The never-ending, soul-searching, personality of Whitman is directly relative to the people in Shelley's poem. There is a never-ending quest within people to find God, Heaven, and Salvation. This quest is beautifully described within this poem, and directly relates to the feeling of eternal wandering emphasized by "Ode to Heaven."

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