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To A Skylark Analysis



Author: poem of Percy Bysshe Shelley Type: poem Views: 242

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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.



Higher still and higher

From the earth thou springest

Like a cloud of fire;

The blue deep thou wingest,

And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.



In the golden lightning

Of the sunken sun,

O'er which clouds are bright'ning,

Thou dost float and run,

Like an unbodied joy whose race is just begun.



The pale purple even

Melts around thy flight;

Like a star of heaven

In the broad daylight

Thou art unseen, but yet I hear thy shrill delight --



Keen as are the arrows

Of that silver sphere

Whose intense lamp narrows

In the white dawn clear

Until we hardly see -- we feel that it is there.



All the earth and air

With thy voice is loud,

As, when night is bare,

From one lonely cloud

The moon rains out her beams, and heaven is overflowed.



What thou art we know not;

What is most like thee?

From rainbow clouds there flow not

Drops so bright to see

As from thy presence showers a rain of melody.



Like a poet hidden

In the light of thought,

Singing hymns unbidden,

Till the world is wrought

To sympathy with hopes and fears it heeded not:



Like a high-born maiden

In a palace tower,

Soothing her love-laden

Soul in secret hour

With music sweet as love, which overflows her bower:



Like a glow-worm golden

In a dell of dew,

Scattering unbeholden

Its aerial hue

Among the flowers and grass, which screen it from the view:



Like a rose embowered

In its own green leaves,

By warm winds deflowered,

Till the scent it gives

Makes faint with too much sweet these heavy-winged thieves:



Sound of vernal showers

On the twinkling grass,

Rain-awakened flowers,

All that ever was

Joyous, and clear, and fresh, thy music doth surpass.



Teach us, sprite or bird,

What sweet thoughts are thine:

I have never heard

Praise of love or wine

That panted forth a flood of rapture so divine.



Chorus hymeneal

Or triumphal chaunt

Matched with thine would be all

But an empty vaunt --

A thing wherein we feel there is some hidden want.



What objects are the fountains

Of thy happy strain?

What fields, or waves, or mountains?

What shapes of sky or plain?

What love of thine own kind? what ignorance of pain?



With thy clear keen joyance

Languor cannot be:

Shadow of annoyance

Never came near thee:

Thou lovest, but ne'er knew love's sad satiety.



Waking or asleep,

Thou of death must deem

Things more true and deep

Than we mortals dream,

Or how could thy notes flow in such a crystal stream?



We look before and after,

And pine for what is not:

Our sincerest laughter

With some pain is fraught;

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.



Yet if we could scorn

Hate, and pride, and fear;

If we were things born

Not to shed a tear,

I know not how thy joy we ever should come near.



Better than all measures

Of delightful sound,

Better than all treasures

That in books are found,

Thy skill to poet were, thou scorner of the ground!



Teach me half the gladness

That thy brain must know,

Such harmonious madness

From my lips would flow

The world should listen then, as I am listening now!






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i am just starting... and fidinng it difficult to decorate for christmas AND a birthday fiesta (it is on the 17th- wanna come?!) but i cannot wait, or christmas will never come. i am taking it all in stride... your house looks beautiful so i am thinking you are ahead of me!!!(lego advent calendar??? star wars lego for cam! thank YOU) x x

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I'm sorry about your dream car. They must have fixed the rain gutter prleobm by the time I got my 1989 Mustang...my 25th birthday/library school graduation gift. It wasn't my last Mustang, but I nick-named it "Knight Mare" ooops...it lived up to its name..

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest


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If I were a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, now I'd say "Kobwaunga, dude!"

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest


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Love this. I don't know if I'll *see* you again before the hoialdy, but know you're in my prayers and I'm SO grateful to have had the chance to meet you. Blessings!

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest


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shelley argues exercises and expands the imagination and the imagination is the source of sympathy ,compassion and love which rest on the ability to project oneself into position of another person

| Posted on 2013-01-27 | by a guest


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the author of the poem is simply comparing the humans to a skylark which it signifies freedom or we are free to do what we want and wander around the world. It also signifies that we have different personalities and mission in this earth.

| Posted on 2011-02-07 | by a guest


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matter is immaterial but only a reflection of spirit as invisible as skylark,the first creature of myth.it resembles as free but insatiable will in absolute state that is not slave to human agents like hate, pride,fear or \"love of thine own kind\" or death and even free from natural agents like fields or waves or mountain or sky or plain as a scorner of ground reality to divinity.sabyasachi mukherjee.malatipur.malda .

| Posted on 2011-01-10 | by a guest


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Here skylark is Shelley\'s free will of free thinking. The skylark is not a simple bird but an ideal one. His mind is like the skylark. He wants freedom like the bird. Though he can\'t see the bird he feels its presenc in his heart.
Md. Oashimul Bari, Lecturer, Dept. of English, Asian University of Bangladesh. 01712967179

| Posted on 2010-10-23 | by a guest


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Here skylark is Shelley\'s free will of free thinking. The skylark is not a simple bird but an ideal one. His mind is like the skylark. He wants freedom like the bird. Though he can\'t see the bird he feels its presenc in his heart.
Md. Oashimul Bari, Lecturer, Dept. of English, Asian University of Bangladesh. 01712967179

| Posted on 2010-10-23 | by a guest


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Can someone please post a good analysis of this ode? I really need it. Immediately. Please. -_-

| Posted on 2010-10-03 | by a guest


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I think that the most powerful meaning of the poem can be found here...
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
The poem goes on the further explain that if we were inspired by happiness, our thoughts void of sorrow, we too could sound like the skylark, yet this will never happen as we are human. Thus, we are susceptable to such pitfalls.

| Posted on 2010-02-17 | by a guest


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What thou art we know not;
What is most like thee?
From rainbow clouds there flow not
Drops so bright to see
As from thy presence showers a rain of melody.

| Posted on 2009-07-23 | by a guest


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'To a Skylark' is the ever romantic ode of English literature. Shelley idealises the bird as the 'scorner of the ground' and here the skylark is distinguished from What Wordsworth wrote about skylark which is 'true to the kindred points of heaven and home'. The poem embodies Shelley's romantic attitude to life itself. Once you soar to the ethereal heights, never come back to the mundane reality.
Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee, Reader , Dum Dum Motijheel College, Kolkata , India

| Posted on 2009-06-15 | by a guest


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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.

| Posted on 2008-03-30 | by a guest




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