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Compare and contrast Shelley's "To a skylark" to Keats' "Ode to the Westwind".

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Both of the poems "To a Skylark" and Ode to the West Wind" are by Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Both these poems celebrate an aspect of nature, a higher order of existence that the poet compares to man's limited life on the earth.  

In "To a Skylark," the poet hears the song of this beautiful unseen bird who sings in flight, adding a soundtrack to nature that draws the poet's attention to the majesty of the world around him.

"Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
                     Bird thou never wert -                  That from Heaven or near it                 Pourest thy full heart 

In profuse strains of unpremeditated art." (Shelley)

In "Ode to the West Wind," the poet is considering the power of the west wind and contemplating the journey of the autumn leaves and how they travel through the air looking for a final resting place. Because of the power of the...

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