Please explain each stanza of Wordsworth's poem "To the Skylark".

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jbush09 | Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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William Wordsworth's poem "To the Skylark" is an ode to a bird known for its beautiful morning songs. In this poem, Wordsworth celebrates the lark as the only bird capable of soaring on high, but remembering where it came from, which is what makes its song so joyous.

In the first stanza, Wordsworth asks the lark whether it preferes to soar on high or spend time in its nest, and he concludes that the lark has the capacity for both.

In the second stanza, Wordsworth tells the lark to sing proudly of the plains and the earth while soaring on high. He speaks of the lark's love of its home and its "privilege" to sing.

In the third stanza, Wordsworth compares the lark to its counterpart, the nightingale (that only sings at night), and tells the lark that it has the better job. He tells the lark that it has the ability to use its song to connect "heaven" and "home."

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To the Skylark represents the allegory of a happy family man .The first stanza depicts the joyous mood of the bird that takes a time -being relief from the burden of its family .It can not permanently leave the earth .It is attatched to the homely love and affections .Again the earth has not less thrilling , but the pilgrimage is due to overcome the monotony of life ,

The comparison with the nightingle is a contrast of too attachment and little freedom.

Ther is no divine instinct , it is only a fancy of the poet that he attaches to the skylark.

The concluding stanza ,-the last two lines , is poet's advice  to the idealistic people of the world .Here the poet glorifies the those class of people who compromise between reality and imagination .The great fighters of this world are , according to Wordsworth , are fools  .For they run after to give shape their imaginations , and idealism .

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