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Poem #2 and Author The Two Spirits: An Allegory by Percy Bysshe Shelley FIRST SPIRIT: O thou, who plumed

with strong desire Wouldst float above the earth, beware! A Shadow tracks thy flight of fire Night is coming! Bright are the regions of the air, And among the winds and beams It were delight to wander there Night is coming! SECOND SPIRIT: The deathless stars are bright above; If I would cross the shade of night, Within my heart is the lamp of love, And that is day! And the moon will smile with gentle light On my golden plumes where'er they move; The meteors will linger round my flight, And make night day. FIRST SPIRIT: But if the whirlwinds of darkness waken Hail, and lightning, and stormy rain; See, the bounds of the air are shaken Night is coming! The red swift clouds of the hurricane Yon declining sun have overtaken, The clash of the hail sweeps over the plain Night is coming! SECOND SPIRIT: I see the light, and I hear the sound; I'll sail on the flood of the tempest dark With the calm within and the light around Which makes night day: And thou, when the gloom is deep and stark, Look from thy dull earth, slumber-bound, My moon-like flight thou then mayst mark On high, far away. ... Some say there is a precipice Where one vast pine is frozen to ruin O'er piles of snow and chasms of ice Mid Alpine mountains; And that the languid storm pursuing That winged shape, for ever flies Round those hoar branches, aye renewing Its aery fountains. Some say when nights are dry and clear, And the death-dews sleep on the morass, Sweet whispers are heard by the traveller, Which make night day: And a silver shape like his early love doth pass

Analysis of Close Reading In Percy Shelleys The Two Spirits: An Allegory, love is combated between night and day; as daylight is present, love is intact, but the fear for darkness brings loss amidst love. Shelleys utilization of contrasting spirits defines the two tones throughout the poem: the fear of night and of death, as seen in the first spirit, and passionate love, as seen in the second spirit. These two characters, these two tones, ultimately define the story of two lovers who present the inner turmoil of whether or not to love, despite the possibility of a conflict that may arise from that love. However, even though night is coming (Shelley 4), light is still seen, night still transforms back into day. This idea, that when sweet whispers are heardwhich make night day (Shelley 47-48), brings hope, as there is a lasting impact that fear should not obstruct the possibility of maintaining love. This parallels to Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex. Eugenides depicts the general theme of hybridity in order to illustrate that separation from society is possible if the love and desire for individualism defeats the fear of societys judgment. Calliope, the main protagonist, is a hermaphrodite who wants to become unique. However, she fears ridicule from society, from not maintaining her learned role as a female, in order to remain distinct. Eugenides choice to keep Calliope an an intersexual, then resembles the hope that the two spirits in Shelleys poem feel in the Alpine mountains (Shelley 39). However, since Calliopes appearance remains masculine, and not androgynous, another tone is seen, as inferred when [the ghosts] early love doth pass (Shelley 49). The last line of the poem concludes with the ghosts death and passed love. Similarly, Eugenides provides a parallel thematic message as Calliope hides her hermaphroditic body, in order to remain seen as a male, and therefore, be treated as a male instead of a hybrid. Ultimately, within both literary works, hope and death are contrasted: in Shelleys The Two Spirits: An Allegory love is reoccurring, but quick-ended as night passes each day; in Eugenides Middlesex, individualism submits to societys discrimination and reaction towards hybridity. Word Count: 353

Upborne by her wild and glittering hair, And when he awakes on the fragrant grass, He finds night day.