Inspirited by this wind of promise,

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Frankenstein (in Context) | Author: Mary Shelley | Ch: Letter 1

"Inspirited" is a more literal rendering of inspired, the breathing into one of the spirit of divinity or of nature.

The breeze or wind was for the Romantics a sacred messenger of Nature. Perhaps the most famous poem on the subject is Percy Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind." Wordsworth formally opens his epic-length autobiographical poem, The Prelude, describing the inspiration in which the poem originates, "O, there is a blessing in this gentle breeze...," and Coleridge's "The Eolian Harp" describes the music the breeze, Nature's emissary, makes as it passes over the harp. 


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