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To a Skylark Summary & Analysis
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

To a Skylark Summary & Analysis
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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One of Percy Bysshe Shelley's most famous poems, "To a Skylark" describes the powerful grace and beauty of the skylark's birdsong. Shelley wrote "To a Skylark" in 1820 after hearing the bird's distinctive calls while walking through the port city of Livorno, Italy. The poem's speaker addresses the bird directly and praises the purity of its music, which is later contrasted with sad, hollow human communication. As an ode to the unmatched splendors of the natural world—and especially its spiritual power—"To a Skylark" remains a quintessential example of Romantic poetry. The poem's unconventional form features a song-like rhyme scheme and bouncy rhythm that subtly mimics the skylark's calls.

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