To a Skylark
Percy Bysshe Shelley

(Ashleigh and Lauren) Lines 1-20

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 day-light

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

Important Facts:

  • To a Skylark is considered an ode: a kind of poem where you talk about how great a particular thing or idea is.
  • Ode’s were often about nature and art.
  • The poem is about a skylark, which is a bird. Percy Shelley turned that one little bird into a work of art, or a legend that would last forever. He took his feelings and gave them to us to read long after he was dead.
  • To a Skylark doesn’t really have a plot, it is more like a bunch of observations about a single idea. It’s the stretched out description of the song of a bird.
  • This section of the poem begins with Shelley calling out to the bird, which he calls a “spirit.” He talks to the bird about how much he loves its singing, then describes how it shoots up into the sky at dusk, in the purple evening.

(Brandon Wallace) Lines 21-35

The author speaks of a bird in the sky, that is out of sight, but he can hear the pleasant sounds of it. Basically he's speaking on him falling in love with sound, rather than sight

(Kennedy Brown) In lines 36-50

The poet uses similes to compare the skylark’s beauty to a work of art, the voice of a princess, and the glow of a worm. The poet uses these three examples to contribute to his message: Like the skylark, elements of nature produce beautiful songs and sights, even when no one is watching.

(Jacob Green, Jaquez Langley) Lines 51-70.

Our lines are basically the authors describing how beautiful the song is that the bird is singing. The sound of the skylark’s song is more beautiful that “All that ever was / joyous, and clear, and fresh…” (Lines 59-60), the speaker asks it to teach the world its thoughts. Never before has he heard “Praise of love or wine / that panted forth a flood of rapture so divine” (lines 64-65) “as does the skylark. Wedding songs and chants of triumph are empty sounds compared to the skylark’s song. What the author asks of the songbird makes the birds song sound that much better.

(Laquan Sweet, Nick Vester) Lines 71-90

The author wants to know the skylarks secrets and what inspires him and his feeling. The author feels the bird could never feel annoyance and is perfectly happy. The author implies again how the bird is majestic and immortal. The skylark understands the deepest truth of death and has a crystal clear beautiful melody. Author says how humans dwell too much on the past and how we always have pain in our hearts. Says that humans tragedy are beautiful in a way.

(Amber Cain, Jessica Carr, Ken'tahijza) Lines 91-100 -

The first few lines, the poet is wondering what it would be like to live without human emotions that make us unhappy and makes us cry. (Hate, etc)

The author starts to believe that without these feelings you wouldn't be able to have happiness, because all of these emotions make us human.

He says that humans can sing and make noise but not as beautiful as the Skylarks. Also, all the books people have written do not measure up to his birds song.

At the end, the author admits the poem he is writing will never be as good as the Skylarks song.

This poem is ironic because most people think it's very beautiful, all though it's all about how the poem falls short compared to the birds song.

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