Percy Bysshe Shelley

Horsham / England
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Horsham / England
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To A Skylark

Rating: 3.4
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.
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Solomon Senxer 14 September 2019
Oops! Only 6 comments so far for this great poem! ? ? ! Most amazing line Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
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sharon 22 May 2019
i hate no one i judge no one the only person i am mad at is myself for being not so aware of what is going on when my life was in such a frantic mess yikes long old story
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John Pendrey 07 July 2016
The Japanese writer Natsume Soseki quotes Shelley's Skylark in the first few pages of my favourite book, 'Kusamakura'. You could say Soseki has made Shelley's poem an 'uta makura' (poetic pillow) .
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Sagnik Chakraborty 10 September 2014
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! Shelley's fervent, earnest prayer in the finishing lines was indeed answered by the Universal Soul. The world, like me, is listening enraptured to the harmonious madness in Shelley's lyrics, listening continuously. PBS LIVES!
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Daniel Mapp 29 March 2013
Wonderful ride, to compare divinity, to a mere fowl, of song and beauty. Shelly displays high imagine skills in this work.
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Danjosh Zeus 03 April 2012
Shelley compares the skylark to various objects in order to make the readers understand as much as is possible the mysterious and beautiful bird, and its divine music. Some of the dazzlingly and exquistely beautiful objects to which it and its melodious voice are compared are: blithe spirit, a cloud of fire, an unbodied joy, a star of heaven, moon beam, the bright colours of the rainbow, an 'unseen' poet, a high-born maiden, a glow-worm, a rose, sound of vernal showers, crystal stream. It would be impossible to analyse all these images because of the restrictions on the word limit. However an analysis of one should serve the purpose. The following lines capture the essence of the bird and reveal the central message of the poem: 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. Shelley in his essay Defense of Poetry (written 1821 published 1840) remarks that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. That is, although the poets are never in the limelight they guide the destinies of a nation by voluntarily pronouncing profound truths which serve as moral guideposts to the common people. Similarly, the skylark also is rarely seen but its soulful melodious music serves to remind the people of the mysitcal beauties of Nature.
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Gone Away 16 March 2010
Hail to thee! I love this soaring unbodied joy!
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