Ode to the West Wind
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ode to the West Wind Language and Communication Quotes
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And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind! (65-67)
In a comparison rather different from the running metaphor of "dead leaves," the speaker compares his ideas to "ashes and sparks," suggesting that some of them are dead and others are capable of kindling new fires.