In the poem "The Ecstactic" by C D Lewis, does the poem progress in thought or feeling ?

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The poem "The Ecstatic" by C D Lewis progresses in thought to its final statement. The author develops the thought that the lark, in its proud glory, is fulfilling its destiny by flying high and singing with beautiful power.

C D Lewis alludes to the fact that the heavens, with their sun, is majestic and grand and that the noon sky is small in comparison to this vastness of the universe. There's also the indication that the lark is so small in relation to the sun - nevertheless, the lark has a power and dignity of its own.

The power and grace of the lark/skylark is in the fact that as it soars in the sky and sings its:

     voice and wing are one,

When the lark sings and flies with a fervency, it is something magnificent to behold and very inspiring. As the poem reaches its final stanza, C D Lewis states that the time for the lark to soar and sing is now, while it is strong and full of life. Eventually, time will have its way with the lark, and with all life, human beings included so now is the time to take advantage of the light and live to the fullest.

The poet conveys the thought that we must not stop living until the time comes for us to go:

then down

That estuary drop down to peace.