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Analysis of to Askylark.

  • Submitted by: estherkarolin
  • on March 26, 2014
  • Category: English
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Summary and Analysis of 'To a Skylark'
We will take this poem in three chunks of seven stanzas, and look at the meaning of each section. It is interesting to note that a skylark sings as it flies. Its song is rich, loud and full.
(Stanza One)
'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.
(Stanza Two)
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.
(Stanza Three)
In the golden light'ning
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.
(Stanza Four)
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--
(Stanza Five)
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.
(Stanza Six)
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 overflow'd.
(Stanza Seven)
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:--'
In Stanzas 1-3, Shelley begins to portray the skylark as something more than a bird. He sees it as a spirit. He can't see the bird, but only hears it sing. He praises the skylark's unrehearsed song. This parallels Shelley's own soul, as he resists formality. Shelley envisions the bird's total freedom as it flies as high as it can, singing loudly and openly, into the sun, the clouds, and the darkening sky at the end of the day. The bird is unrestrained in its joy. Shelley longs to be that unrestrained bird.
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