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
On chalic'd flowers that lies;
And winking Mary-buds begin
To ope their golden eyes;
With everything that pretty is,
My lady sweet, arise:
Arise, arise!


Comments about Hark! Hark! The Lark by William Shakespeare

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (12/10/2017 9:47:00 PM)


    Hark, hark - the Lark
    All time great, great Shakespeare!
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  • (12/10/2017 7:11:00 PM)


    Oh! For a creative genius! (Report) Reply

  • (12/10/2017 8:23:00 AM)


    Great poet's great creativity (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/10/2017 2:35:00 AM)


    Heaven's gate! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (12/10/2017 2:02:00 AM)


    Oh! It is falling like lightning that falls, swift, keen, dazzling my eyes and of all who read and savor the flavor of this
    great work by great poet of all times..........thanks for sharing
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  • Ramesh T A (12/10/2017 1:53:00 AM)


    Nice way of waking lady sweet by saying the bird's noise happening outside! Shakespeare is a wonderful play wright who knows what to say when! (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (12/10/2017 1:09:00 AM)


    A poem that is pure.10

    Robert
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  • (12/10/2017 1:01:00 AM)


    omggggggggggggg i'm in love with this, beautifully written (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2017 2:55:00 AM)


    Not bad (Report) Reply

  • 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.
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  • 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 ''
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  • 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

  • (7/2/2015 10:40:00 PM)


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

  • 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

  • (9/1/2014 2:13:00 PM)


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

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:51:00 AM)


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

  • (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

  • (2/8/2012 8:30:00 AM)


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

  • (2/8/2012 5:58:00 AM)


    No words to say about Shakespeare. (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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