What is the central message of the poem "To a Skylark"? Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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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 of Romantic literature, prevalent in other works (not just poetry) of the time. Another idea appearing in this poem (and a recurring theme of the time) is that there is a spiritual correspondance between nature and man, but that man must nurture his awareness of this and not "lose touch" with nature and his inner self.

Check out the reference below for further insight into the  themes and historical context of this poem.

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