Prometheus Unbound Izamar Pasillas

The crawling glaciers pierce me with the spears

Of their moon-freezing crystals, the bright chains

Eat with their burning cold into my bones.

Heaven's wing├Ęd hound, polluting from thy lips

His beak in poison not his own, tears up

My heart; and shapeless sights come wandering by,

The ghastly people of the realm of dream,

Mocking me: and the Earthquake-fiends are charged

To wrench the rivets from my quivering wounds

When the rocks split and close again behind.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)


Prometheus was the Greek god of fire. It's said that he was a Titan who stole fire and was punished by Zeus. As punishment for his crime, Zeus chained him to a rock and sent an eagle out to eat his liver. Since the liver regrows itself, the eagle would go back every day and re-eat the liver. Eventually Prometheus was saved by Hercules who shot the eagle with an arrow.

The overall message from this poem, considering the backstory, is a more graphic explanation of what happened to Prometheus. His tragic life is explained very thoroughly in Prometheus Unbound by using aggressive words and phrases. The personification that is used seems to be used as metaphors but can also explain the exact pain that he was going through.


Shelley uses diction as a way to get the readers to know how aggressive the tone is. The poet uses the beginning phrase, "crawling glaciers pierce me with spears" (Shelley 1), as a way to start off the startling poem.

Another literary device that is being used in the poem, Prometheus Unbound, is figurative language, specifically personification. The use of personification is being used as a way to show the magnitude of aggressiveness that is displayed all over the poem. The most belligerent line on Shelley's poem is on line 8 and goes on to line 9, "Earthquake-fiends are charged to wrench the rivets from my quivering wounds."

Prometheus: Greek Fire God

The tone in this poem is to aggressiveness. As previously seen above, poet, Percy Shelley, uses words that are extremely aggressive.


Anthem by: Ayn Rand is a book that is based on dystonian fiction that doesn't condone individuality. Equality, the main character of Anthem, is different form the rest of the people in his community, he has a curious mind. One day he finds a tunnel and in that tunnel, there's a light box, also known as a light bulb. That is how he was the one who brought light and electricity into the community.

Book cover of Anthem

Just like Prometheus, Equality was punished for his gift of being able to give the people light. Later on in the book, Equality goes on to name himself Prometheus after reading books he found in a home.

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