Study Guide

Adonais Man and the Natural World

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man and the Natural World

Rather than being the caretakers of nature, the speaker in Adonais believes that nature is part of a greater spirit that includes mankind. The elements of nature show up to mourn Adonais, and are given human characteristics as part of their mourning. Nature is also a source of comfort for the speaker, who finds solace in its beauty. We can relate, can't you? Throughout the poem, the natural world is shown as a sympathetic, positive place, at peace with mankind.

Questions About Man and the Natural World

  1. What human characteristics does Shelley give nature? How do these characteristics represent the speaker's emotions?
  2. How is nature involved in Shelley's version of the afterlife?
  3. What imagery does Shelley use to create a comforting vision of the natural world? How do these images develop the poem?

Chew on This

Adonais shows the natural world to be a place not at odds with humanity.Mankind, beast, and plant are all in it together (go team).

The speaker believes that nature follows a pattern of birth, death, and rebirth, and that this is the reason that nothing ever really dies, like ever.

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