William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Hark! Hark! The Lark - Poem by William Shakespeare

Hark! hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings,
And Phoebus 'gins arise,
His steeds to water at those springs
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Comments about Hark! Hark! The Lark by William Shakespeare

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (1/4/2016 5:22:00 PM)

    Everybody seems to have found a great deal of information about this poem via Google, the only thing I have to add is a small thing. But a rather tidy thing.
    The first line says: Hark! hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings, and the last line says: My lady sweet, arise:
    Arise, arise!
    He calls his lady to arise. Bird are often described as arising into the sky on their wings.. So he is calling her to arise like the lark to Heaven's gate. I love it when poetry is rounded off this way. (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 2:48:00 AM)

    About the lark:
    Shakespeare used images of birds, especially larks, to represent sweetness and freshness in several plays; for example, in the song Spring, in Love's Labour's Lost:

    '' When shepherds pipe on oaten straws
    And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
    When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
    And maidens bleach their summer smocks '' (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 2:47:00 AM)

    In Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Cloten uses lewd language to talk about Cymbeline. In an attempt to use musicians to court her, he calls on them to play 'a wonderful sweet air'. The hark, hark! ... line is chosen to represent sweetness and refinement, as a counterpoint to the previous crudities. (Report) Reply

  • Ken Kirwa (7/2/2015 10:40:00 PM)

    very encouraging.trully the bird has sang the song (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/1/2014 9:25:00 PM)

    Awesome, abrupt. beginning..Hark Hark silky and soft ending- My lady sweet, arise: Arise, arise! lovely thank you PH (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/1/2014 2:13:00 PM)

    always a favorite poem about Spring... (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:51:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (10/6/2012 10:17:00 PM)

    A beautiful morning scene..it is going to be a great day definitely.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (2/8/2012 10:25:00 AM)

    Duke Ellington admired Shakespeare, saying about: he must've spent a lot of time on the street corner. (Report) Reply

  • isha Gautam (2/8/2012 8:30:00 AM)

    speachless......just speachless.....hats off to shakespeare (Report) Reply

  • Sagar Shelar (2/8/2012 5:58:00 AM)

    No words to say about Shakespeare. (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (2/8/2012 4:24:00 AM)

    genius tend to over analyzed things
    but for a simple man with simple mind
    this could be just early morning when
    sun is barely rising; horses drinks on
    spring; wake-up my lady-rise and shine. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw Kevin Straw (2/8/2010 6:59:00 AM)

    This seems awkward for Shakespeare: 'His steeds to water at those springs/On chaliced flowers that lies...'

    I google the following which sets the lyric in the play:

    In Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Cloten uses lewd language to talk about Cymbeline. In an attempt to use musicians to court her, he calls on them to play 'a wonderful sweet air'. The hark, hark! ... line is chosen to represent sweetness and refinement, as a counterpoint to the previous crudities. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (2/8/2010 6:07:00 AM)

    Seems like a flowery love poem of the era. BUT, he was the playwright and still is today. A psychoanalysis before the word was in vogue (Report) Reply

  • Terence George Craddock (2/8/2010 2:38:00 AM)

    An interesting analogy, Phoebus the god Apollo and a personification of the sun, arises and waters his spirited horses using chaliced flowers like a communion cup. With the light Phoebus bestows, beauty dawns anew in preparation for the harkened awakening of his love. A beautiful romantic theme.
    I am not sure the phrase 'the king of romantic poetry' adequately fits or that this was Shakespeare's goal. Shakespeare in his plays and poetry has accurately depicted, every human emotional personality type, with unique insight. His intuitive observations and perceptive genius, invented forensic detail and analysis of character types, before the modern scientific era attained the process. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (2/8/2010 1:03:00 AM)

    What a beautiful situation! The depiction of hilarious situation, the opening eye of flower bud, etc. for waking up to enjoy life the lover begins before his lady love wakes up! Shakespeare, the king of romantic poetry is forever a joy to read! (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan Indira Renganathan (2/8/2010 12:48:00 AM)

    This is a thorough wonderment of the poet at sun rise in complete beautified words... (Report) Reply

  • Hugh Dungey (2/5/2008 6:41:00 AM)

    Although most copies of Shakespeare show the poem as written, the correct version is 'evrything that pretty bin', not 'is'. Otherwise it doesn't rhyme. My Shakespeare (Collins 1958) shows 'bin'. (Report) Reply

  • Egal Bohen Egal Bohen (11/9/2007 4:32:00 PM)

    Chaliced flowers, Golden eyes
    Language to the heavens fly
    Thank you Will.. (Report) Reply

  • quercus : I've never got paid for my hits... (2/8/2007 10:43:00 PM)

    What a wonderful little write...It can be used as a romantic dedication on a Valentine card...That would be a real treasure to get... (Report) Reply










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