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The Caged Skylark Summary & Analysis
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The Caged Skylark" is a sonnet written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1877, though it was not published until 1889, after his death. Hopkins was an English Roman Catholic priest whose writing is often marked by a deep interest in God and nature, and experimentation with poetic style, form, and meter. "The Caged Skylark" is an extended metaphor, in which the condition of an imprisoned skylark is compared to the condition of a soul in a body. While the first half of the sonnet considers the hardships of the soul's captivity in the body, the second half finds comfort in the Christian hope that the body and soul will exist in perfect harmony after death.

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