The poem Prometheus centers around Prometheus and his fatal flaw, bestowing fire upon mankind. Fire in itself is a very basic and raw entity. It is a basic necessity for life, but also an inevitable enabler of destruction. For this act Prometheus is tortured by his punishment, “The rock, the vulture, and the chain” (Byron line 7). These three instruments are gritty and primal, and thus they set a tone for the rest of the poem about basic and raw human suffering, the only end in sight becomes “Death, a victory” (Byron line 59).

John Keats’s uses passionate language and themes in Ode on a Grecian Urn to describe different aspects of the human experience. The references in this poem are to ancient aspects of Greek culture, the “dales of Arcady” (Keats line 7) and the “deities or mortals” (Keats line 6). Together sex, sacrifice, and belief are just examples of how raw simplicity perfectly captures the core of earthly shared experiences: how “Beauty is truth, truth—beauty” (Keats line 49).

In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explores the raw emotions behind themes such as creation, destruction, fatalism, and tragedy. With the completion of Dr. Frankenstein’s life work comes the harbinger of his ultimate doom, and through this strange relationship spring different instinctual states of being that are experienced by the main characters. That which is raw, primal, and primitive is explored in this novel.

Because of the connections and common themes of basic humanism within these texts, I have selected “Raw” as the capturing word.