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In  the last stanza of "To a Skylark," the speaker refers to...

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loloo | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 2, 2008 at 6:48 PM via web

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In  the last stanza of "To a Skylark," the speaker refers to "hormonioius madness."  What does that mean?

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sesmith5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 4, 2008 at 8:08 AM (Answer #1)

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The poem contains the phrase "harmonious madness" referring to the beauty of the song of the skylark.  The persona feels that if he had half the gladness within himself that the skylark must have to sing its song, it would produce an ecstacy he calls "harmonious madness."  With this harmonious madness the persona would be able to create such beautiful poetry that the world would listen in awe in the same way that the persona is listening to the skylark. 

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subrataray | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 14, 2010 at 2:13 AM (Answer #2)

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The skylark ,to Shelly is the poet of the poets .It has its oneness with ultimate reality .Again Shelly's vision finds reflection in the external world ,and  when his mind-born symbol echoes with the skylark ,it begins to  form the clear-sighted vision through a series of imagery .

Harmonious madness means , -poet possessed .Shelly wishes to bear the mantle of the skylark .This is because , if he is bestowed with the spirit of the skylark , in that case ,his lyrics will be powerful and penetrating .People of this world with arrested attention listen to his music , and they would translate into reality their forgotten hopes and fears .They will feel the same kind of thrilling , as the poet is now getting haunted with the lyric of the skylark .

Subrata Ray .Mousumipara .Uluberia .West Bengal .India .

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subrataray | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 28, 2010 at 5:23 AM (Answer #3)

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The skylark ,to Shelly is the poet of the poets .It has its oneness with ultimate reality .Again Shelly's vision finds reflection in the external world ,and  when his mind-born symbol echoes with the skylark ,it begins to  form the clear-sighted vision through a series of imagery .

Harmonious madness means , -poet possessed .Shelly wishes to bear the mantle of the skylark .This is because , if he is bestowed with the spirit of the skylark , in that case ,his lyrics will be powerful and penetrating .People of this world with arrested attention listen to his music , and they would translate into reality their forgotten hopes and fears .They will feel the same kind of thrilling , as the poet is now getting haunted with the lyric of the skylark .

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