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To a Skylark

The theme of Percy Bysshe Shelley's lyrical ode "To a Skylark" is the power of nature to inspire and delight the human spirit. While the poet listens to the small night bird sing with delight as it...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2016 10:47 am UTC

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To a Skylark

The line you are referring to is more easily understood in the context of the full stanza. We look before and after, And pine for what is not: Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught;...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2016 8:23 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

A representative examination of the first three stanzas of "To a Skylark" by Percy Byshee Shelley shows that the poem has an abundance of figures of speech. Figures of speech come in many forms and...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010 9:49 am UTC

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To a Skylark

The author expresses the transcendance of nature, depicted by the skylark's flight (symbol of freedom) and its song (symbol of both joy and its transmission to others). This is a common leit motif...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2009 3:04 am UTC

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To a Skylark

The European skylark sings only when in flight. When the speaker of the poem starts praising the bird, it is already out of his sight. So, the speaker only hears the bird, giving it a spiritual...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2013 5:22 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

The entire poem is packed with unique descriptions of the skylark's song. I've listed some images that help us to hear the birds song. "Profuse strains of unmeditated art": He compares the song...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009 12:36 am UTC

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To a Skylark

A pilgrim is a traveler on a spiritual journey. In the first line of this ode, Wordsworth's speaker addresses the skylark as follows: Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky! An ethereal minstrel...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 8:45 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

In the poems "To a Skylark" and "To the Skylark" by Wordsworth and Shelley, both poets see the skylark as something spiritual or celestial. Wordsworth begins calls the skylark an "ethereal...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2010 5:53 am UTC

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To a Skylark

Basically, the skylark's songs are happier than ours. The speaker opens the poem by calling the skylark a "blithe Spirit," and spends a great deal of the poem describing the pure happiness that the...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016 7:43 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

"To a Skylark" is a poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in June 1820. It consists of twenty-one five-line stanzas. The stanzas each consist of four lines of iambic trimeter followed by a line of...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018 8:06 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

The skylark isn't just presented by Shelley as a beautiful bird that sings sweetly. Its closeness to nature means that it can teach man how to recover that intimate connection to the natural world...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019 11:00 am UTC

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To a Skylark

There are quite a few examples to choose from in this memorable poem. I will pick out some of the similes from the beginning of the poem and hopefully this will enable you to see how it is done so...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2010 6:29 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

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...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2008 8:08 am UTC

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To a Skylark

The inspiration for the famous poem "To a Skylark" by Percy Shelley came while Shelley was taking a walk in the Italian countryside with his wife, Mary Shelley. They heard the lovely melody of a...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 7:43 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

The first six stanzas are a celebration of the beauty of the skylark's song and the freedom of its flight. The skylark sings only when flying, and the bird is flying so high that the speaker can no...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 3:42 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

In the line before this, Wordsworth mentions the bird singing a "love-prompted strain". He is probably referring to love that the skylark has for its nest and babies, since he refers to...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2009 12:15 am UTC

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To a Skylark

In "To a Skylark," Percy Bysshe Shelley sets up a stark contrast between the life of a bird and the life of mankind. For the first half of the poem, the narrator focuses on the skylark itself,...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 11:05 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Ode to a Skylark" addresses the skylark as "blithe spirit" and declares that the skylark itself could never really have been a bird, but it is a creature which, from...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

One way in which Shelley personifies the skylark in the poem "To a Skylark" is to compare the bird to characters within the poem, like a "poet hidden" and a "high born maiden;" through his use of...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2012 3:47 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Shelley is comparing the skylark's experience of joy to the way humans experience joy. Shelley imagines that the skylark is a spiritual being. The bird sings only while flying and flies so high...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012 3:58 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "To a Skylark" offers many different images and ideas with which one could contrast human limitations to the perception the poet offers of the skylark. To begin, the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2013 6:20 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Shelley spends about the first third of "To a Skylark" praising the bird, saying it is "from Heaven" and "Like an unbodied joy." The skylark is depicted as perfect and otherworldly. Eventually, the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 3:14 am UTC

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To a Skylark

In stanza four of "To a Skylark," Shelley compares the skylark to a star in the sky in daylight. The star is there, but in the daytime, we can not see it. The skylark often sings in flight and at...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013 9:10 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

In the first stanza, the speaker hears the skylark singing. In the second stanza, the skylark flies "Higher still and higher" singing as it flies higher into the sky. The bird continues its ascent...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2013 3:22 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

In this poem, the narrator is expressing the intense joy the song of the skylark gives him. It is very typical of a Romantic poet to express both love of nature and personal emotion in verse, which...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 12:22 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Shelley asks the question: what thing in the world is most like the skylark? He has been praising, for several stanzas, the beauty of the skylark and its song, whose melody seems to come from...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020 9:07 am UTC

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To a Skylark

I believe that the theme of the poem "To a Skylark" by Percy Bysshe Shelly is that humans cannot possibly feel the carefree joy the skylark feels each and every day as we are incapable of staying...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011 4:06 am UTC

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To a Skylark

As the speaker listens to the sweet strains of the nightingale's song, he wonders what in nature is most like a nightingale, comparing the bird to a rainbow, a poet, a glow worm, a rose, and the...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 4:22 am UTC

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To a Skylark

Shelley is not interested in a "power" that the bird has, unless it is the power to escape worldly concerns. He imagines that the skylark, flying high above the world, is free of the cares and...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2012 8:02 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

First, in order to give some boundaries to this answer, let me assume that the questioner knows something about the Romantic Poetry movement, the Lake District poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 6:17 am UTC

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To a Skylark

"To a Skylark" describes the sight and sound of a bird singing. From that immediate description, the narrator moves on to reflecting on the role of nature in humanity's life, and how it...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2008 8:07 am UTC

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To a Skylark

The thirteenth stanza asks the bird to "teach us" what "sweet thoughts" lie behind the bird's song. Shelley claims to never have heard "praise of love or wine" expressed as beautifully as the bird...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013 1:50 am UTC

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To a Skylark

The skylark is famous for becoming a symbol in Romanticism of beauty, eternity and understanding, amongst other things. In this famous poem, having tried to capture the bird's song and describe...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2011 7:10 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

The traveler is overjoyed and understands that the song of this bird is a combination of nature and poetry, and this is a secret that could change the world as a whole. He believes that the power...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2009 10:29 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

The speaker in Shelley's poem hears nothing but joy reflected in the skylark's song. He contrasts that to human emotions, which are colored by pain, and human music in which the sweetest songs are...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2021 3:45 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

This is an interesting question, and one that will require some interpretation! All we can say for absolute certain is that the rhyme scheme in Shelley's "To a Skylark" is Consistent throughout...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016 4:03 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Shelley's choice of a skylark is an example of how the poet identifies a natural setting and applies it to his own life. In doing so, Shelley has been able to link the human experience to a...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2009 9:09 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Percy Bysshe Shelley was a Romantic poet. The Romantics typically wrote about very similar things. The characteristics of the works typical of the Romantic poet are: love of nature, love of the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2012 12:43 am UTC

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To a Skylark

When we use the word ethereal we normally refer to an other-worldly nature, that is not quite part of our realm of experience. In this poem we can definitely see the way in which Shelley's...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2011 8:29 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

The speaker of Percy Bysshe Shelley's "To a Skylark" is amazed at the sheer joy of the bird to whom he listens. As the bird's "rain of melody" showers down upon him, the poet wonders how such "a...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2015 1:31 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Shelley largely follows traditional practices in this poem. An ode appreciates or commends something or someone. This poem is an ode because it celebrates the skylark, and it uses apostrophe, which...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 11:54 pm UTC

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To a Skylark

Shelley is one of the most well know Romantic poets, meaning he focused on nature, symbolism and myth, the sublime, the individual, the everyday and the exotic. One can see the presence of many of...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013 10:46 am UTC

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To a Skylark

I agree that Shelley is amazing. The attention to nature and the personification which exists is beautiful. Also, as litteacher points out, the poem is a metaphor. The use of natural imagery allows...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012 12:38 am UTC

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To a Skylark

This poem, which compares poetry to a bird’s song, is a good example of what Romantic poetry is – “the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotion recollected in tranquility” (Worsworth and...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2011 1:15 am UTC

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