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In What Ways Is "To A Skylark" By Shelly A Typical Romantic Poem?

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In what ways is Skylark a typical romantic poem?Skylark is a typically romantic poem due to the use of language andfeelings expressed in the poem.The title 'To a Skylark' is typically romantic as the poem is wrotedirectly to a bird. The references to time, height, heaven and the poethimself are also typically romantic. The poem describes how the bird isnot just a bird it is much more than that. 'Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Birdthou never wert' (L1-2) this is as though the poem is telling the readerthat it is not just describing a bird but many different parallels are beingshown through the image of the bird. 'spirit' may also be taken literally assomebody which has been lost to the poet or merely just as a metaphor ofthe bird.The poem in itself is contrasted with the birds singing to emphasise thebeauty and perfection of the poem 'Pourest thy full heart, In profusestrains of unpremeditated art' (L4-5). The poet is full of poetry whichpours from his heart without the need of concentration and thought aseasily as the bird can sing its song. The emotions contained in the poemare soaring higher and higher as the bird gains height above him 'Higherstill and higher, From the earth thou springest' (L6-7). As the birdglistens in the light, yet more inspiration is shown in the poem. 'Like acloud of fire' (L8). As though a burning desire to unleash all of histhoughts and feelings through poetry is all around him as though in acloud of smoke.The use of colour has great effect to the tone of the poem. The colourreflects the emotion in the poem. As the sun goes down the bird fly'shigher and sings more which is a parallel to the poets emotions becomingdeeper and the colours used in the poem also become deeper in order toreflect these feelings and emotions. 'The blue deep thou wingest, Andsinging still dost soar, and soaring ever singest' (L9-10), 'Of the sunkensun' (L12). 'Like an unbodied joy whose race is just begun' (L15). Thetime references used in line 12 and 15 are also typically romantic in theway that a lot of consideration is out into the thought of time passing.The romantic theme of Heaven or somewhere similar is often referred tothroughout the poem. This is typically romantic as this place is in thepoet's imagination, therefore this can be attached to the popular trend ofusing the first person. This place is the poet's own vision of their perfectplace. 'That from heaven, or near it' (L3), 'Like a star in heaven' (L18).The poem compares itself to the bird and is decided that the birds songwill always be more perfect than the poem as the poet can not help butreflect his poetry on things that are happening in the world which are notperfect. As the bird has no knowledge and care for these...

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